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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Is it a copyright violation to use (C) texts I legally own to train an A.I.?

Let's use J.K. Rowlings and Shakespeare as an example. I want to train an A.I. to produce stories that look like a mix of both author's styles. The real example should use over 40 different authors, ...
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Is it legal to only copy all the words from a dictionary?

I am dealing with a language that has only one published physical dictionary so far. I need a list of all words from that language. The dictionary has a traditional copyright text: All rights ...
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Quizzes based on copyrighted material

The boundaries of fair-use are clearly deliberately vague in that they are often commented on as being a ‘rule of thumb for contextual assessment as not to stifle creative development’ in one way or ...
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About using google maps

In the terms established by the usage of Google: 3.2.1 General Restrictions. Customer will not: (a) copy, modify, create a derivative work of, reverse engineer, decompile, translate, disassemble, or ...
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Is it legal to record streaming video for time shifting?

In the UK there is an explicit exception to copyright for the purpose of time shifting: Details of the exceptions to copyright that allow limited use of copyright works without the permission of the ...
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Fair-use of mathematics educational YouTube series based on "Byrne's Euclid" (1847) and its latest renditions

I want to create a mathematics educational video series on YouTube based on "Byrne's Euclid" (1847), which in turn, was a rendition of "Euclid's Elements" (circa 300 BC). The ...
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Is it "fair use" to summarize a movie?

Could I take about, say, 15 minutes of clips from a movie to use as a visual (and perhaps using some audio) along with my originally written and voiced movie summary? Would the resulting work be ...
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Is there any case law on whether unreleased "derivative work" falls under the research exemption to Copyright law?

17 USC 106(2) to prepare derivative works based upon the copyrighted work; reserves the right to prepare "derivative works" to the authors of the original work. The original authors, of ...
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Is "cheating" in offline, single-player games illegal?

I understand there are laws like the Circumvention of Technological Measure (CTM), Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). According to these laws it's considered ...
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Can I display a Rotten Tomatoes/IMDB score on my movie website under fair use?

I created a website which lists movies playing in cinemas in a geographical area. For each movie, I would like to show the IMDB/Rotten Tomatoes scores. I would not use their graphics, logos, labels (...
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Voice samples from the old movies in the music tracks

I bet most of you have heard - in some music compositions - short 5-10 seconds "injections" of voice-lines from some old movies. I'm producing a track right now, where I want to insert a ...
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What counts as original content according to youtube's api?

Suppose that a developer intends to develop an app capable of searching and recommending videos from youtube, courses from udemy and content from other sites. Is s/he allowed to have subscriptions and ...
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Can I send pictures with copyright to my friends with no commercial purposes without breaking the law?

I have a question about copyright. Let's imagine a situation in which I am messaging with my friends. I need to send to my first friend a picture of someone of celebrity. I need to send to my second ...
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Reproducing pieces of a copyrighted standard, is it fair use?

As a company, we are looking to comply with a specific set of standards that are protected under copyright law (think ISO). Because of transparency requirements, we have to publish our final reports ...
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Movie footage and fair use for a video review

Thousands of people review movies daily on services such as YouTube. Most of these are by independent, unfunded individuals. So, I doubt those individuals have permission from movies' copyright ...
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Is the Wilhelm scream copyrighted?

The Wilhelm scream originated in a 1951 movie called Distant Drums. Since then, it has become a ubiquitous sound effect used in countless movies, TV shows, and video games. It seems to me that a movie ...
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Is using Free apps in commercial services allowed by Google Play ToS?

Here are parts of the Terms of Service I find to be relevant: Free Content. Google may allow you to download, view or use Content free of charge on Google Play. Additional limitations may apply to ...
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Taking donations on website with copyrighted material

I have a personal website where I post educational material and it contains copyrighted material. The legal owner requests to seek permission to use his material before anyone use it in his/her work ...
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Can someone create a podcast and read public content outloud?

I've stumbled upon a podcast, where the author is simply reading public docs and blog posts outloud. Does this violate any copyrights? Can he monetize this by including ads?
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Quotes from Public Speech or book with POD business?

Please note, This question is a bit different than this one: Intellectual Property Issues associated with a Public Speach? I am trying to sell some T-shirts online by adding my artwork. At the same ...
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Is licensing required to use an excerpt of a song within a recording?

I'm currently recording a cover version of a song for inclusion on a compilation album which will be sold on Bandcamp. Because Bandcamp does not pay mechanical royalties, the organiser of the ...
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What is copyright law for using audio recordings to train machine learning/AI model?

I am considering using audio soundtracks training data for training a machine learning model. Under this consideration, these audio files are speech excerpts obtained from some TV programs posted on ...
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Does Fair Use of copyright apply to educational youtube channels?

I'm not an official school and I'm not registered or related to any university or any governmental education system. It's only an educational channel on Youtube that aims to teach Arabic. According to ...
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Am I free to make use of code snippets found in a bachelor's thesis under an open-source license?

I found an interesting bachelor's thesis recently, with some ideas in it that I have not seen applied in any sort of library that I've come across before. Thus, I would like to create my own library ...
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Is it copyright infringement to transcribe text from a math textbook and show it to people

If I take a math textbook and transcribe some of its text to obtain a pdf copy, is this copyright infringement? Would I be able to show my transcribed pdf copy to other people or post it online? ...
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Reusing copyrighted content (science/EU)

This question is similar to Can taking notes violate copyright? Is taking notes copyright infringement? However, I seek an answer in the context of the laws of the European Union (not, necessarily, ...
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Fair Use of Photo as a Derivative Work - copyright photograph with substantial new elements

This is a real instance, but I'm going to avoid names. I downloaded a photograph found via Google - a still from a famous show. This is an image of a television character in a known location that was ...
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Fair Use and DMCA [closed]

My project (EditVideoBot) is an automated 'Twitter bot' program that allows users to edit videos within Twitter (they can add music to the video, or their own text, etc). My first account I ran this ...
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Would I be violating copyright by transcribing music that was written over 100 years ago, but published in 1992?

A particular set of piano rolls were recorded before 1913, but to my knowledge were not published until 1989. The recordings are piano transcriptions of symphonic works, performed by their composer/...
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Is it legal to sell a 3d scan of a car in the USA?

Suppose someone were to provide high quality 3D scans of vehicles for the off-road industry. Would it be legal to sell these scans via an online marketplace? They would be either component, chassis, ...
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Why isn't it copyright infringement to condense an NBA game into a 10-minute YouTube video?

There are now many channels whose only purpose is to take a whole NBA game and basically condense it into a 10-minute video. What they do is to show only the plays that lead to a made basket in ...
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Is academic work covered by fair use?

I've had an idea stewing around of opening a history blog. I was wondering if I could use academic sources (articles, research,books) for my own articles, provided I would attribute them to the ...
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On the Fair Use of an Image Offered as an Answer to a Stack Exchange Question

About a month ago, I posted this question on the TeX Stack Exhange: https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/570484/how-to-draw-a-rose-in-latex In it, I asked for assistance in producing the image of a ...
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Is the source important for fair use?

So let's say I am a game developer, and somehow the game I was working on was leaked on the internet. Since nobody can legally obtain a copy of my game, can all the review of the leaked material be ...
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Can I legally repost a news article on another website (e.g. Stack Exchange)?

I would like to share a news article on an SE site, in its entirety if possible. I recently included in a post a news article from a university site (U.S. university) with its original title, proper ...
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Copyright vs Attack Quotes in a Political Work?

When commercial publishers want to claim "fair use" privileges in quoting from various sources, one of the guidelines is the question of whether their usage will somehow affect the value of ...
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Do licenses created by a company dissolve, void, or simply invalidate if said company bankrupts / sells assets?

So I made a previous question about a dissolved or possibly bankrupted company that I wanted to use assets of for a fan-made remaster / remake of their game. The said company has given access to their ...
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Can humming a bar of music be considered copyright infringement?

I recently saw a tweet claiming a video got a DMCA claim based on humming a part of a song. Can uploading a (monetized) video of humming a bar or two of copyrighted music be considered as copyright ...
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Picture of record or book on social media

Say that I am listening to a record. Is it fair use to take a picture of the record cover, e.g. standing behind the turntable, and share it on social media or a blog? Similarly, is it fair use to take ...
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Do I need a permission to create an avatar or a game character based on an Manga/Anime/Cartoon character?

I was thinking of creating digital characters that then I can use as an avatar in a VR (Virtual Reality) chat or in a small game. It is not initiated by any company or anything so I don't know what ...
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Extracting an item from a real game inside a comic

Suppose I make a webcomic, where at some point one of the characters wields a portal gun, similar to the one in Valve's "Portal"; in fact, the point is that this gun, in the comic universe, ...
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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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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 [duplicate]

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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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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