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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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Would it be legal to share a small passage from a book for free?

If I share 1-2 pages from a book to my followers to introduce/promote the book, can this fall under fair use or fair dealing? I will carefully select the passages to copy from books to give the taste ...
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Under what circumstances does referencing a copyrighted fictional work in an unrelated commercial educational product constitute fair use?

Question. Under what circumstances does referencing a copyrighted fictional work in an unrelated commercial educational product constitute fair use? For example, suppose the copyrighted work is Star ...
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Fair use of licenced music snippets in a commercial, educational product

I have a commercial product that teaches music theory using a series of short videos. In an upcoming video, I'd like to give examples of particular theory concepts using several short snippets of ...
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Is D&D homebrew necessarily a derivative work of the SRD?

Wizards of the Coast, makers of Dungeons & Dragons, fifth edition, has made a subset of the game's core rules (known as the System Reference Document or SRD) freely available under the copyleft-...
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Can I use screenshot of a TV show on slides of a talk?

I have been invited to give a TEDx talk quite soon and the topic of the talk is really close to an episode of Black Mirror. I'd therefore like to use some images of the show in my talk. Other movies ...
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Fair use of magazine stats

Many consumer product periodicals (Car and Driver, Consumer Reports, etc) contain objective product performance measurements and stats (stats that are manufacture provided and tested by the periodical)...
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Is using a photo reference for pose fair use?

If I draw an imaginary character and use a photograph as reference for human body/pose, is that legal, copyright-wise? Let's say I change the hair and the face? I know it needs to be 80% different, ...
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D&D Monsters and Copyright

We are making a college board game, and would like to know if we can use a few monsters from dnd to make our game. We don't use the same name as you do, just the images from online and the books.
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Fair Use of Photos as a Derivative Work

This question comes specifically from a particular example. Within Ethics for the Information Age (Quinn), 5th Edition, there is a chapter on Intellectual Property, and while most of it is well-...
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Is using image as an example fair use?

I am in the process of creating a startup, and want to send a technology flyer to potentially interested business customers. It is far easier to explain why my technology is beneficial if I can ...
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Art transformation: does this fall under fair use

I used this image to make this cutout Would this amount of art transformation fall under fair use for commercial usage?
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Is reposting a video from youtube on vimeo for purposes of criticism and commentary fair use?

The reason for reposting would be to not give exposure to someone getting 'famous' for problematic behavior that is likely causing injury to others and certainly endangering lives. Credit is obvious ...
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Can I use a trademarked name in a project, if I don't own the trademark?

I'm currently making a game, based on Pokémon. I do not own the trademark, copyright, or anything legally related to Pokémon (just some rando on the net). In my code, I use Pokemon to describe a ...
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Is it illegal to copy and use codes that are mentioned in a coding tutorial?

Can someone get in legal trouble if he/she copies or uses some code mentioned or used in a tutorial on youtube or other websites/sources?is it considered as fair use?
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Using a public domain opera, recorded by someone else, in a parody

I found a YouTube video of a public domain opera, and I want to use the sound portion in a musical parody. I will only use parts of it, alter it dramatically, and wish to claim "Fair Use." Is it ...
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Using someone else's registered trademark

This seems like a very textbook and common question, but I can't find it anywhere. Here's an example of the situation: A card game called Cards Against Humanity sometimes uses other company's names ...
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Are names used within a TV show (for example, the name of a fictional business) automatically copyrighted?

According to the personal account of one of the founders of the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, he waited hours outside the gates of Paramount Studios to license the name "Bubba Gump Shrimp" (which first ...
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Does printing several journal articles for a friend run afoul of copyright law?

I am a graduate student. For a fellow graduate student's upcoming birthday, I wanted to give him a collection of seminal papers in his field. The idea was to print a collection of 10 papers, totaling ...
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Quoting from a book with “All rights reserved”. Fair use?

Is it considered "fair use/fair dealing" to quote a short sentence or two from a book who's copyright statement mentions only "All rights reserved"? I'm writing a book and explaining some concept. To ...
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How far does parody go in copyright laws in Canada?

I'm wondering how far does parody go in Canadian copyright act? Is copying someone else's open source code and modifying it then protecting it considered as infringement? The code is from a ...
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Using short quotes from published, well-known literary works in a product [duplicate]

In order to create and sell a card game with each card having a short (25-50 words) quote from a book, is a licensing agreement needed or is this fair use? Assume the books are recent enough to be ...
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Patent application: can the citation of a figure from another author be considered fair use?

I would like to include a figure from a scientific paper which illustrates some background for my invention. I can cite the source and I can make it clear that I'm using it for illustration and ...
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On the legality of using artwork as 'character references' for a roleplay site

I'm planning on doing a bit of a web app project, but worried that it may be in a legal gray area and looking for some clarification and perhaps warnings on what not to do. The project outline is more ...
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Copyright related issue on publishing a technical book?

I am preparing to publish a technical book on programming that contains figures and charts (like, compiler, linker, ASCII table, keywords list) created by myself by taking references from many sources....
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Parody or Infringement? (United States of America)

I am struggling with the difference between these definitions. Q: Is this a Parody or a Copyright Infringement? In a proposed pilot for a TV/Web show aimed at children for edutainment, one of the ...
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Using quotes in a text you publish under creative commons

Fair use allows quoting other texts (or images) as part of your text, but how does this interact with you publishing the work under a creative commons license that allows derivatives.
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Legality of putting ads on an academic studying tool that contains user-generated content?

I made a web app that helps users generate interactive study notes, which facilitates their studying. The nature of this kind of user-generated content is that it will inevitably contain copyrighted ...
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Is using Twitch-broadcasts solely for research fair use?

For my bachelor thesis, I need to download ~10Tb of data from Twitch via Twitchleecher. I would like to use it for Deep-learning (emotion recognition), which means processing the data and deleting it ...
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Fair use of hardware/software configuration data

I’ve searched through the questions/answers here and after reading several, I’m still confused about this situation. Wile E. Coyote has purchased the latest and greatest Road Runner Acquisition and ...
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Proportion of copyrighted material that can be distributed without infringement

Is there a threshold or a descriptive proportion that is considered not copyright infringement but merely creative and educational use when distributing some copyright protected material along with ...
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Re-using a small part of an artwork in a logo design

The artwork La Gerbe by Matisse was created in 1953. It consists of about 30 fern-like shapes on a white background. I am making a logo for a non-commercial academic website and it was suggested to me ...
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Can I use a model trained off of CC BY-NC 4.0 datasets, amongst others, in a commercial setting

The original data cannot be reproduced or tied to the model. The data is simply used for training purposes. The model is trained off of other data sets also. Is it fair to use the model for other ...
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Would a booklet of music and film quotes infringe on copyright?

I am considering creating a booklet with quotes from pop media for commercial use. Something like a list of one-liners from songs from the 80s for example or movies. Would this be legal? I am aware ...
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Single Frame from a 1973 Movie [closed]

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 ...