From the Chronicle of Higher Ed’s Wired Campus Blog: Adventures in Fair-Use Doctrine:
Fair-use doctrine, as codified in U.S. law, allows people to reproduce portions of copyrighted works "for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research." That seems straightforward enough. But there's a spanner in the works, as Shelley Batts can attest: Copyright holders can't seem to agree on just which uses are fair.
Last week Ms. Batts, a graduate student in neuroscience at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, wrote a harmless-looking blog post about a study published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. The study examined the effects of alcohol on the antioxidant properties of some fruit. She summarized its findings and reproduced a chart and a graph from the journal.
Read the rest of the post at the link above, detailing how the blogger dealt with a legal demand that she remove the charts from her site.