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Questions tagged [fair-use]

An exception to the limitations that can be imposed by a copyright owner. A similar concept in the U.K. is called "fair dealing."

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Single Frame from a 1973 Movie

I want to use a single frame from a movie made in 1973 in an email marketing piece. The thing being sold is software used in law schools and is not entertainment. It's use is to compare the 1973 ...
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Using recorded music for a light show

I'm in a band and we have a concert coming up. We play our own music, and even though we include some covers in our performances, I'm aware of venue blanket licenses and that I should not worry about ...
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Usage of song snippets in a prototype app

For a project at university I design and implement an android application. In this application, I would like to present the user snippets of famous songs which they should then recognize. The ...
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How much of a copyrighted book can I display in a web app?

Google Books and Amazon both display significant portions of copyrighted material for free. In the case of Google, there is an option to select books based on the qualifications Any books Preview ...
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Can you reuse the text of a contract you've signed with one party with another party?

Relations between individuals and business entities are governed by law; what's not specified in the law, can be specified by a mutually-executed contract. Generally, one party provides the actual ...
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Code compatible with a GPL licensed program published under a different license (GNU gettext)

Context: The Python standard library already contains a gettext module roughly compatible with the original GNU gettext library. Simply this module does not use the hash tables present in mo files to ...
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copyright question (constructs and presentations)

I got a threatening email from someone today alleging copyright infringement on a website that I built as a personal project back in 2013 to crowdsource the latest trail data from the long-distance ...
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law about ethical hacker using pirated software or gadgets?

Is there any law if a ethical hacker is invited to our company and he used pirated software? Can we take any legal action or its normal in this field?
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is there any law for using unlicensed or cracked software?

Is there any law for using unlicensed or cracked software for our personal use? Can we use cracked versions of software in organization?
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Using excerpts from works for student reading comprehension book. Fair use? [closed]

I am writing a reading comprehension book for students. This book is for-profit. I would like to use excerpts from copyrighted literature books to set up comprehension questions as a learning exercise....
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Is it illegal in the EU / in Germany to download a scientific e-book?

Suppose there's a scientific monograph I really want to read but don't want to buy. I find an e-book on some website (where it is accessible to the public without restrictions) and download it. I don'...
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Chrome Extensions That Inject Content On Retail Sites [closed]

I am prototyping a chrome extension that adds functionality to eCommerce sites. It injects HTML/JS/CSS into the page and adds UI elements that when clicked perform some sort of action. i.e. Adding a ...
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Can i post an unofficial advertisement?

So I have a school assignment to make an advertisement video. I did a Wacom tablet advertisement. Can I post it online for a portfolio and sharing, or might it be a copyright infringement?
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Is it legal to reproduce the image of AlexNet?

In the seminal paper, "ImageNet Classification with Deep Convolutional Neural Networks", there is an image of Alexnet as shown below: Is it allowed to reproduce a copy of the image or is it protected ...
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Is this copyright infringement? Is it fair use? What if I don't make any money off it?

If someone were hypothetically working on a project that required them to incorporate copies of a copyrighted work (music, movies, books, etc.), how would they know if it would be considered fair use? ...
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Is it legal to use scenes from famous TV show FRIENDS to create pop up museum in New York city?

Could someone create a museum based on a TV show without violating copyright law? Imagine, for instance, The Museum of Friends, including replicas of the following parts: Full-scale set of Monica's ...
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Use of Images in a book [duplicate]

Concerning modification of a photograph. is cropping a section of a photograph considered modification of the picture? That I can then use commercially? our is it the adding something into the ...
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Can I legally publish a compilation of copyrighted material without licence? How?

I have bought a book A which contains much content, and a second book B which relies on some of that content. I took the time to compile only the content from A that is relevant for use with B into a ...
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To what extent do I have the right to quote other works to parody or reference them?

Do I have the right to have my character "blast off at the speed of light" as a reference to Pokemon's Team Rocket Trio? Do I have the right to have my character lock another character in an office ...
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May I claim fair use for public commentary of a political ad?

Preface I am not a legal professional I know that fair use is such an ambiguous area. Hypothetical Scenario I want to publish (online) a marked up copy of a political candidate's campaign ...
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Would I violate copyright by making transcriptions of copyrighted music and posting them online if I don't make money off of it? [duplicate]

If I were to make transcriptions of copyrighted music and make them available on sites such as MuseScore or post the audio on YouTube and I did not make any kind of advertising revenue or any money ...
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Is it fair use to buy a Mac, not use it, and build a hackintosh?

There have been threads like https://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/107324/is-installing-mavericks-on-hackintosh-legal with some user's commentary amounting to "I purchased 4 iPhones! I'm entitled!"...
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Is it allowed to sell 3D models of existing brands?

Case: I make 3D models for architecture. Now I made a bundle of IKEA furniture to use in my interior scenes. I do this for clients to give them a visual representation of what a room can be. Because ...
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Is this pdf a copyright infringment?

The Pontifical Biblical Commision of the Vatican produces documents in several languages - but not in all of them. For instance, the document L'interprétation de la Bible dans l'Église (The ...
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Legality of web scraping for non-commercial use

I would like to scrape data from a website (which is based in USA, and I am not, if this matters) - let's say it's something like IMDb, or something like that. Unlike most other questions asked about ...
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Copyright Law and Terms and Services

Terms and Conditions for websites often include provisions pertaining to Copyright Law. To what extent can those Terms and Conditions, as a contract, alter standard copyright law and Fair Use? Can ...
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What is legally citable from printed material such as books and references when I want to reproduce a photograph of a page?

I'm writing a style guide for programming and one of the examples I'm providing for describing what it's like to read bad code is by comparing it to reading a bad novel. I know through experience ...
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Copyright shakedown

I've been receiving threatening letters from a law firm regarding a meme I posted on my blog 2 years ago. Turns out the image was derived from a photo by Agence France Presse. I took it down ...
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Is it legal (fair use) to use lyrics as part of a personal project?

Hypothetical question: Imagine I am working on a memorial bench for a family member who recently passed away. As part of this project I would like to use two stanzas from a commercially released song ...
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Using a company's logo for a simulated experience in a classroom

As a teacher I often like to ask my students to complete projects that require them to role play an employee at a well-known company. For example, I've taught a class on gentrification before, and I ...
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What right do I have to use images of products which are published on the manufacturer's website?

I manage a web store which sells products, and I use the photos of the products from the manufacturer's website in the web store when showing the product and price etc to the customer. I assume the ...
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Copyrights on things created from a tutorial?

If I make a tutorial on how to make a game or work of art and someone follows my tutorial almost exactly to create a similar product by ONLY watching the video (no downloading my stuff). What are ...
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Using words or sentences from copyrighted materials

Would it be legal to use and present sets of words in random order from copyrighted materials like books, films, articles etc. in my commercial app without permission from copyright holders? If so ...
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Can a journalist publish emails sent to him/her by a diplomat at a foreign country's embassy, obtained while undercover, without infringing copyright?

Let's say the emails contain no personal or secret information, but merely state the diplomat's interpretation of his/her country's position on an issue.
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Can I use the rating of different restaurants from different websites like Yelp on my own website?

I am thinking of creating a website with restaurants ratings. You would be able to search for restaurants and in the result list you would see the name of the restaurant and the ratings of different ...
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Is it likely that I will be able to use short (1 second) video clips in my mobile app?

In Android and iOS there are "GIF Keyboard" apps. Here's an example. These apps give their users the ability to search for and send a wide variety of GIFs to other people through messaging apps, such ...
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Fair use of software in school

Maybe it is a strange question but as a curiosity, if there are pirated software installed on our school's computer, is it considered as fair use to take exam using them?
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What is the legal status of Club Penguin Rewritten?

Some context: Club Penguin Rewritten is a rather popular Club Penguin Private Server, i.e. an unofficial recreation of the old Club Penguin. It was launched back in February 2017, shortly after Disney ...
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Does this usage fall under “fair use”?

I am considering writing an open source software, which would help writers and editors in their work. For this means, it would incorporate suggestions based on statistical analysis of English book ...
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Using trademark as a name in a book?

I am writing a childrens book and a character in it is supposed to be called Google. Is that legal? I am only using the word 'google' and not the colors, font etc that the word is written on the ...
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Do search engines need permission to start searching?

I was talking to my friends a few days ago about search engines and we started discussing whether or not they need permission from websites to crawl them. I looked this one up and it said on Quora ...
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Who owns copyright of video gameplay captures?

There are many videos on Youtube and it doesn't seem they are being removed, so one might conclude that they do not infringe copyright of the game publisher. But it could also be that for copyright ...
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Use of copyrighted character in software, as a joke

I sometimes insert copyrighted fictional character's images from a franchise on the rarest of error screens ("should never happen" type of thing). This time though, I work for a company, making their ...
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Trademark use in software package names (USA)

Does the use of a Trademark in a software package (an NPM package for example) qualify for descriptive fair use if its usage is intended to describe how the package relates to the original trademarked ...
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Is a video demonstrating a small portion of a movie sync fair use?

I want to make a YouTube video that talks about a movie synchronization (not that specific one). Could I reasonably assume that showing a very small portion of the synchronization would be counted as ...
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Is it illegal to download a watermarked image?

Is it illegal to download a watermarked image? I'm talking about those previews you get when browsing non-free stock images. Specifically asking about the act of downloading those watermarked ...
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Is it illegal to remove a watermark?

Inspired by this poorly worded question on graphicdesign.stackexchange: I want to remove a text watermark Is illegal to remove watermarks? Off the top of my head I can think of 3 possible ...
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Who is liable for copyright infringement in an “unofficial book” with copyrighted images, the publisher or the author?

This question contains an example of a potentially infringing work, but I believe it is fine because the book does not contain copyrighted images and is basically a discussion of another book. My ...
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Is it legal to use movie frames for creating gifs and using it in mobile apps

I am working on a project that is using gifs we created from movie frame/scene for fun and interaction. For example, I am using multiple gifs to make a single scene. My gifs feature movie actors and ...
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Using trademarked names as a reference in a commercial context

Is it possible to use a trademarked name as some sort of a reference for public available data (even when used in a commercial context)? Non-Commercial example: Let's say we have an app that displays ...