42 questions linked to/from In the US, when is fair use a defense to copyright infringement?
Is it legal to create a 4 second gif from a movie clip? [duplicate]
I run a fun page on social media. I want to create gif from movie clips and use it for creative memes, purely for entertainment purpose. Will it come under fair usage if I give credit to the source on ...
Legal to post an image of a textbook for help? [duplicate]
I had a textbook problem that I wasn't able to solve, so I posted the question on a social media platform and got asked to provide an image of the entire page including the question by multiple people,...
Why register a logo as trademark if copyright protects it?
If everything I created is protected by the copyright; No one can use it without my permission. Why would I need to register it as a trademark to protect it? If something is too simple to create, it ...
Is a copyright claim diminished by an owner's refusal to publish?
Alan is aware of an obscure old book that is out of print, and republishes it. Brenda Books, Inc. objects and sues Alan since they own the copyright. This is not disputed. Brenda Books' claim is a ...
Could asking an author for a copy of their research article be illegal?
I've been following an interesting Twitter conversation which raised the idea that merely asking a researcher for a copy of a paper they've written could be against the law. From the linked tweet: ...
Are pirated movies and software legal for personal use?
Is it legal to download pirated movies or software for personal---that is non-commercial---use?
Am I allowed to cut a 1 second scene from a movie and use it in my 10 minute YouTube video
My YouTube video is 10 minutes long. There is a one-second scene in a movie that I want to insert into my video to create a funny effect. Is this copyright infringement?
Personal copying of source code from a programming book
Many books on computer programming publish source code listings and example programs as part of the printed book to demonstrate some aspect of the language. When I'm learning from such books, I ...
Is it illegal to record a voicemail greeting?
Let's say I wanted to compile voicemail greetings for a fun project which may be put online. The voicemails would be of school district administrators from their office phone numbers. Would the ...
Why don't publishers release journal articles whose copyright have expired into Public Domain?
Consider this journal article by John Maynard Keynes, a British economist who died in 1946 (the article in question was published in 1943). The journal (still published) is based in the UK, and thus, ...
Old Photo copyright
Almost finish with writing a business book - and am going through some of the illustrations to make sure I have copyright permissions and attributions. Here's a problem I've encountered: There are a ...
Section 107 and 108 of the 1976 United States Copyright Act
I have seen an book Chemistry Essential for Dummies on web which says that No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, ...
Sharing sports video clips, is it Fair Use?
I own a little Instagram page related to football, and one question came to mind. Let's say that I take a video showing a beautiful goal from a soccer game and share it to Instagram, Twitter, or any ...
Can I used an ASCII generated version of a copyrighted image in my game?
I'm going to guess the likely answer is no, but I'm interested to know more. So let's say I have an image of James Bond from Goldeneye. Then let's say I run it through ASCII art generator such as ...
Legality of Music Transcription Service
I'm considering creating a music transcription service as a side hobby project. With this service, clients could request that I transcribe a song (or parts of a song) for them in exchange for a fee. I ...