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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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In the US, when is fair use a defense to copyright infringement?

What is fair use in the US? When would it be a successful defense to copyright infringement?
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Can “Dumb Starbucks” be legally considered Fair Use as satire or parody?

About a year ago, a new, familiar-looking coffee shop opened in LA. Their reasoning for this was, basically, that it's making fun of the popular coffeehouse chain and is thus fair use: Naturally, it ...
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Is it considered “Fair Use” to use multiple TV audio clips in a commercial product?

Say I take short audio clips from various TV shows and bundle them up into an application, would it be considered fair use or is that not allowed under copyright law or some other law? The final ...
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What would constitute Fair Use in a work that is derivative of a parody?

Let's say that there's a work B, which under U.S. law seems to count clearly as a transformative use (parody, satire or the like) of another work A, and thus subject to fair use. So what about a work ...
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Is printing a personal card using some parts of a board game considered Fair Use?

I'm planning on doing a personal card using only the original layout and background design of a Magic The Gathering card. I have read that the art, mana symbols, "Tapping" symbol and Font have ...
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Is it legal to modify the display of website content?

Several apps and sites like longform and readability offer users a "read view" of other sites, which includes stripping the content of ads and changing font to make the text easier to read. I am ...
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Can I reference the name of a museum in an art book title?

I am self publishing a printed book of drawings I've made at a natural sciences museum. Is it okay to use the name of the museum in the title as Drawing at (insert museum name)? I do plan to sell ...
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out of print board game - scan of board permitted?

There is a simple children's board game that is apparently out of print. May I make a color scan of the board and include it in a scholarly article? May I include the scan in a blog post? I want to ...
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Can I release someone else's work under creative commons or some other license, if its fair use?

Okay, let's say a website has some content. You can take a small amount, what would usually constitute fair use, and incorporate into a larger work. You know put this under a creative commons license ...
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Non-Video Youtube Content

Is it legal to use Youtube videos AND their respective number of up-votes, down-votes, as well as user comments on your own site, given that you attribute ownership to youtube and the original content ...
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YouTube - fair / allowed / legal use - is it OK to record music performances?

Quite often I take a GoPro / iPhone and record fragments of a music performance. Quite often I upload the content to YouTube. Quite often I receive following message: The copyright holder, which ...
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Fair use of text snippets in a dictionary

If a dictionary (about the use of scientific terminology) includes snippets from several sources, would an authorization be needed from each copyright holder? Each entry in the dictionary would ...
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Is copyright infringement if I use the image of a video game character in a homage spirit?

Is it copyright infringement if I put the face of Mario (for example) in a piece of software (as a Easter egg) to celebrate Mario's Anniversary? This piece of software/product is distributed in Latin ...
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Marketing and Fair Use

The company I work for sells several products. One has a title that lines up very well in the One Ring poem from Tolkien's LOTR. I would essentially be replacing the phrase One Ring with the product ...
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Album art download (automatic) for mp3 collection, fair use or copyright infringement?

If an application downloads the album art from the internet provided the user legally owns the music file would this be considered fair use or is this copyright infringement? what if the application ...
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Trading Card Database - Copyright Infringement or Fair Use?

I would like to create a text-only database for collectible trading card games. The database would contain card names, ability text, flavor text, etc. Images would not be included. This project would ...
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Is it legal to republish lyrics?

Can a lyrics web site be legal, assuming there are no special agreements with the artists? Is publishing song lyrics considered "fair use?"
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Copyright when translating an Interview

I'm interested in having some television interviews translated from French to English. I'd like to distribute a translated transcript. Would this be an infringement of copyright law? If so who gives ...
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Is it legal to post GIFs/videos of NFL plays online?

On some blogs I see GIFs or videos of certain plays from NFL games. Is it legal to create these and post them online? You always hear the disclaimer on TV about using the footage, but I see this stuff ...
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Could I infringe a copyright if I use content available for free online?

I made a video and uploaded it to YouTube. I created the video, but I attached an audio track I found online for free. How do I know if I am allowed to use this audio in this way? If I pay for ...
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May I write a novel based on another novel?

Like if I want to write a book series about Harry Potter character Rita Skeeter's life, may I do it? I always hear that this isn't allowed. But as far as I know some people have written a book about ...
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Can I host free government or bank forms on my website?

If I host government forms or any other free forms on my website just for consolidation or ease-of-access, could I face any legal issues? I live in India.
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Is it fair use to discuss a fictional work on a webpage?

On my for-profit website, users can rate and comment on works of literature, film, and music, most of which are copyrighted. The only information I include is: 1.) Title 2.) Release date 3.) MPAA ...
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Can I sell my notes on a book without copyright infringment?

I read a machine learning book. I invested a lot of time to make extensive and clear notes. Some concepts required a lot of research to understand. I have explained some concepts in my own way. ...
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Is using font on a business card considered commercial use?

I'm currently designing a business card for a client and looking for an applicable font. A lot of these fonts are marked with some sort of payment required for commercial use. While I don't plan to ...
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Song Lyric Sites

How do song lyrics sites (such as azlyrics.com) legally operate? It seems that they can't claim fair use because they are making money (ads) and that they are publishing complete song lyrics.
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Is it legal include an image from Wikipedia into a lead-generating e-book?

I'm writing an e-book, which is supposed to generate leads in the following way: People visit my landing page. There, they see a text like "Enter your e-mail address and get this e-book for free". ...
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How can I decide, whether I can include a particular image in my commercial blog posts and e-books?

Imagine I have a blog, on which people can download some free e-book. The purpose of the blog and e-book is to establish connection with potential buyers and eventually sell them something. Imagine ...