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"Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening" without Copyright Permission

In my latest Bloomberg View column, I use Robert Frost's 1923 poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" to illustrate the excesses of the current copyright system. YouTube is full of videos of people performing the poem in various ways, with and without copyright permission. Many of the most amusing should fall under fair use, as Eugene Volokh notes in my column, but if the copyright holder claimed otherwise YouTube would probably pull them. Until that day, here's a collection.

Sage, the pigtailed generic cute suburban kid:

Creepily solemn Quinn, who breaks character at the end:

Sadfar, giving Frost's New England South Asian lilt

For more kids, go here, here, here, here, and here.

No work is a classic until it's been realized as a stop-motion video using in Legos or clay.

Check out the Boston accent.

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