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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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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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 there a fair use exception for trademarks?

The copyright law has the famous fair-use exception, where you can legally use some parts of copyrighted works without having to pay any royalties to, or ask any permission from, the copyright holder. ...
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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 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 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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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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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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Could a webpage about a fictional character, that reveals no detail about said character, be considered fair use?

It is my understanding that since fictional characters generally belong to copyrighted works, revealing details about a fictional character on a for-profit website falls outside of fair use and makes ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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Can I use copyrighted media for strictly personal use?

I know copyright / author's rights definition. I read bunch of texts about them and I am also aware that, for example, there are a kind of tolerance on YouTube about uses of copyrighted media (ex: ...
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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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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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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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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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Are there legal consequences for giving away my own musical transcriptions of copyrighted works on a website?

I've transcribed a lot of video game music in my lifetime, and am interested in making these sheet music transcriptions freely available for download on a website. I see that a lot of other websites ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Can I use logos from vendors in my open-source project?

I have an open-source project that is quite popular with dozens of downloads per day. I use logos from big companies in there (e.g. Cisco or Microsoft) to customize some web pages. The logos are ...
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Non-Commercial Use of the Great Seal of the United States

I would like to know if the Great Seal (with modified text, see here https://imgur.com/bimA1IQ) could be used as in a non-commercial way that doesn't go against the law.
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Product names on commercial designs?

So, I am a graphic designer and I make a small amount of money selling funny custom t-shirts. These shirts have quick 1-liners which can be interpreted in a number of ways. My current design contains ...
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Can I publish a conceptual logo for a real company in a portfolio?

A company exists. I make a conceptual/redesigned logo for that company, though I have not been hired by them to do so. I publish my proposed redesign (not their current logo/mark) for this company in ...
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Is it illegal to download professional stock footage and edit out watermarks for commercial use?

Say someone finds a clever way to use incredible stock footage for their own gain by screen capturing the stock footage (or downloading stream .m4p files and splicing them all together) and uses video ...
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Can ASCII representations of copyrighted images be considered transformative work and fall under fair use?

I'm wondering about the possible use of images generated with ASCII characters based on famous but possibly copyrighted photographs or images. Could this new aesthetics indicate transformativeness, ...
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Can I safely ignore the requirement to delete an electronic review copy on fair use grounds?

I write reviews of books and other materials for a scholarly journal. Printed books I receive are traditionally marked as review copies in order to prevent them to be sold on the used books market, ...
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Is it legal for a company to require an extra software license for a backup?

I work for a company that has purchased a software license for software that is needed to make our company run smoothly. We'd like to create a backup of the server in case of hardware failure, however ...
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Is it legal to record a video browsing a website and commenting on that?

I'd like to make a Youtube video, in which I make comments browsing a website. This would be for educational content. Can I do that without asking permission? (I'm from Hungary, Europe.)
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Would fair use apply to the usage of Pac-Man within a QR code?

I thought I was rather clever putting Pac-Man and the four ghosts within a QR code for my business card, but I started thinking about the inherently gray copyright laws that I admittedly know too ...