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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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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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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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 ...
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Can I write (and sell) a non-fiction technical book based on other(s) book(s)?

I have been reading and studying a lot of materials about learning. I'm interested in writing a book (in a language different than the original) explaining the same concepts in different ways. In ...
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Can I use the Olympic logo in a card within my board game?

I'm publishing a board game and one of my cards is called "The Olympics" and has the logo in pixel art (Photo link: https://ibb.co/f5yocQ). I know that the logo and the words "The Olympics" have had ...
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Does musical satire really require permission from the copyright holder?

I was reading this article on American art-rock/new-wave band Devo in The New Yorker and came across this claim that puzzles me: It’s a little unclear why Warner, once they learned that Devo wanted ...
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Large YouTuber: Copyright Lawsuit vs Fair Use

A channel with close to 1.5-million subscribers on YouTube, H3H3Productions, is being sued on the grounds that their video infringes another author's copyright. Their channel essentially reviews ...
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Fair use: is legality of use determined separately from legality of source?

Youtube and other content sites have extensive resources (Youtube Fair Use Guidelines) that describe the conditions for fair-use. However, these do not contain adequate treatments of legal content ...
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Can I use real life brand names in a computer game?

I'm working on a computer game, where the player will be controlling a fictional country in the 1950s. I want to make it possible for the player to purchase products with real life brand names. For ...
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Can I use modified version of Apple, Android, Windows, and Blackberry logos in commercial advertising to show compatibility?

I am making and commercially reproducing a script that would show textual advertisements based on a user's device. I want to, beside the text, have an icon showing the device in order to show ...
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Is it legal use parody products for commercial purposes?

I am future T-Shirt seller. I don't want to have problems with copyright for my designs. So I have made some research and learned that parody is fair use. Can I sell below parody T-Shirts? (Parody ...
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Music samples for market research surveys [closed]

Would using short clips (8-15 seconds) of songs embedded in online surveys for market research fall under fair use? If not, what type of music license would be required for this application? The ...
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What is the upper boundary for using a copyrighted character under fair use? [closed]

It seems that it is often understood that copyrighted works can be used as parodies or satire. In some cases derivative works clearly match this definition, in others it can be difficult to tell. I ...
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What exactly would count as copyright infringement in a replication paper?

Cross posted from academia.SE link I have been following the review process of a replication journal In particular, it has an open review which can be seen. On a particular submission they are ...
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Is WINE illegal?

Is WINE (WINE Is Not an Emulator) illegal? Given that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has held in Oracle v. Google that APIs are copyrightable, is WINE (which reproduces the Windows ...
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Can I use a Disney character name as a nickname for one of my staff members in an interview video?

I am working as a graphic designer for a small team of researchers in a national research organization. One of our team members is affectionately called "Baymax" from the film "Big Hero Six". I am ...
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What is the resulting status of a sculpture using CC BY-SA works?

I would like to create a sculpture, related to science and technology, using engraved diagrams of physical processes on the surface. Some of these diagrams I will produce myself, many are in the ...
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Build upon parts of CC BY-NC-SA 2.5 in a paid, educational content

I am reading some great articles licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.5. On the License's site, I read that this means it's Non Commercial: This means that I "may not use the material for commercial ...
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Sharing sports video clips, is it Fair Use?

I own a little Instagram page related to football, and one question came to mind. Let's say that I take a video showing a beautiful goal from a soccer game and share it to Instagram, Twitter, or any ...
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Is a gif of a feature film, or a still of a video clip, always fair-use?

How far does the fair-use doctrine go? For example, it seems like many popular feature films have become part of the GIF and internet meme culture, where GIFs of various episodes are posted on ...
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Use of trademark related domain with permission

I have a domain (and a website) that is closely related to the very very well known product. If that product was name Foo, my domain is foofaq.com and provides faq and news about Foo. At the ...
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Do I need copyright permission for a blog

I am thinking of creating a sports blog, and would like to know if you need permission from a team or the league to write this blog. For example if I am writing a article about the Philadelphia ...
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copyright, fair use and online dictionaries/translations/word list

For a language app I need short word bilingual definitions and word lists, containing info such as word frequency and part of speech. I would like to use a selection of many online sources to do this....
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Is downloading lecture notes legal?

It's really tiresome to ask each professor to use his slides for educational purposes as I have done here. If a rights owner publishes a work online in a way that it is publicly accessible, but does ...