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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save image as a government seal or government seal flag on a computer is reproduction

Is save image as of a government seal or government seal flag on a computer is reproduction for a non commercial game?
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Should I inform the copyright holder that I plan to invoke the fair use doctrine if they decide to pursue legal action against me?

Context/Background: I'm currently trying to navigate the legal intricacies of using content from a company whose platform revolves around athletic/sports data. For anyone who might be familiar, this ...
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I plan on making an intentionally fake news site - can I *copy* headlines from other sources?

First off: this is an experiment with AI - the content I create will state that it is fake and generated news - I'm not trying to mislead anyone! So for my 'fake news' site I plan on copying headlines ...
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Is it legal to download Youtube captions, perform some analytical tasks on them and then display the results on your own website?

There are many online services that analyze social media data and then display aggregate results. For instance the most frequent keywords in social media posts, etc. Is it legal to do something ...
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Can I use a company's logo on the merch I want to advertise to them? [closed]

I am a merchandise designer. I want to advertise conceptualized apparel/general merch designs to a company by email with the option for them to purchase it. I want to use their current brand ie. logo ...
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References to real world services in work of fiction

Say a video game represented each in-game character with an email address. Those addresses would contain names of real-world services (Gmail, Yahoo mail, etc). I wouldn't expect that, by itself, to be ...
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Creating a hoodie on Teespring

This would be the image used in the hoodie. The screenshot was originally taken from the F.U.N. episode of Spongebob Squarepants, which aired in 2001. I edited it and turned it into the image seen ...
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Legality of short clips cut from famous movies to fit a new soundtrack

Bob has written a short piece of music and realized that it brilliantly fits certain sequences from a certain famous, copyrighted movie. He cuts essentially a music video from those sequences which ...
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Golden Eagle Insignia

Can I use this Golden Eagle in a Non-Commercial Game or this is a prohibited with the Golden Eagle Insignia
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Copyright Fair Use Case

I'm trying to understand the concept of Copyright and trademark Fair Use. I'm a small indie game developer working on a project which plays in the imaginary world of children. They adventure through a ...
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Can I use whole poems from classic writers in my book?

I'm writing a non technical book and would like to add a poem in one of my chapters to emphasize an idea. Any work published before 1924 should be safe to use, but since copyright law is just full of ...
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Great Seal of The United States Non-Commercial

Is okay to use the Great Seal of The United States for Non-Commercial use?
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What is the equivalent to “fair use” in Europe?

I'm preparing to publish an open source library. In order to research local law, I wanted to know if there is an equivalent term for the USA "fair use" in European law?
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What constitutes “fair use” when using or modifying a CAD, architectural drawing

I'm planning, and doing a write-up for a low voltage systems installation instructions for a new building in California (in case that's relevant ). I was given CAD drawing by the building owner, so I ...
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posted an edited copyrighted document for internal use at a small hospital

I work at a rural hospital in the US that is currently dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic. I work in IT, and am keeping up the intranet for internal staff. For reference, I have been asked to post ...
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Questions about teaching an online course about a copyrighted game

I’m trying to put together a Udemy class about playing (winning ; )) a Zynga game (Words With Friends). I know that there are people who have written e-books about the same, but I want to make sure I’...
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Fair use in (PowerPoint) presentations

Any search engine has an image search service. Typically they make profits (with ads) offering images, they do not own and, since it is unlikely that images are in the public domain, they use ...
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CanI use the figures in research papers or books for YouTube videos under fair use?

I am in Europe. Can I use the images of research papers or books to make an educational YouTube video under fair use? The videos will be monetized and I might have sponsors or receive money by Patreon....
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When does a fan game fall under parody?

Apparently there was a case in 2013 where the fan game My Little Pony: Fighting is Magic got taken down by Hasbro. This makes me wonder, why did it not fall under fair use in terms of Parody? This ...
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Is creating commercial study guide materials for a trademarked exam considered fair use / illegal?

Provided that no text or diagrams are directly used, is creating commercial study materials considered against fair use / illegal? Given the amount of study guides available for various trademarked ...
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Am I allowed to reproduce work published on a website for free which bears an “all rights reserved” tag?

I'm aware of this answer Quoting from a book with "All rights reserved". Fair use? but my case is slightly different, so I will ask another question. There is a website which contains ...
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What is the practical difference between “fair use” and “fair dealing” in Copyright law?

In the united-states, fair-use is a defence to copyright infringement. In other jurisdictions, particularly members or ex-members of the British Commonwealth such as united-kingdom and australia ...
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Am I Infringing copyright by posting a bunch of (verbatim) quotes from books?

I run a self-improvement oriented community. I continuously read books, some of them quite famous, and provide a summary along with textual quotations from each of the books reviewed. Now here's the ...
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Can Fair Use Content be Dubbed?

I made a movie, we used third party content and we claimed fair use. We have the lawyer's opinion letter and we are good for the distribution of the film. However, is it possible to dubbed the fair ...
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Do XYZ and MEAT Partners have any legal standing to stop their names from being used? [closed]

Below is similar language to a note my team is preparing to send out to clients, announcing a recent transaction. Everything is factual. While XYZ and/or MEAT have asked us not to use their logo (and ...
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Which U.S. law forbids unlicensed diff files for a copyrighted work?

I know the topic is difficult. But - being a programmer and no lawyer - I want to understand it as best as I can. And it would be good to know the legal issue here for all types of works, not just ...
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Using images from the web in a survey

I am making a survey about beverage ingredients, and to give examples in the survey it'd be easy to use images from blog posts/websites or websites of companies that make these beverages. From this ...
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Is it legal to duplicate illegally distributed materials, if being used for fair use purposes?

Suppose I wish to use copyrighted printed materials under fair use, and let's assume for the sake of argument that it is completely obvious that my usage correctly falls under fair use guidelines. As ...
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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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