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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fair use for a free online school notes [UK]

We are working a project for a website which will offer free notes, and we don't plan on selling them, although we may use advertising at one point to help pay for the domain etc. However, we were ...
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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Apple prohibited using an apple image?

Here are "Guidelines for Using Apple Trademarks and Copyrights" from Apple. They say: These guidelines are for Apple licensees, authorized resellers, developers, customers, and other parties ...
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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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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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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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What is the “equitable rule of reason” in the fair use doctrine?

In Sony Corp. v. Universal City Studios, Inc., 464 U.S. 417 (1984), the Court decided that Sony's manufacturing and selling of VTR's did not infringe the copyrights of Universal Studios and Walt ...
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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 ...
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Is Encrypted Intellectual Property still considered Intellectual Property?

TL;DR I posted a question yesterday; the answer to which gave me a new question: Is Encrypted Intellectual Property still considered Intellectual Property in most (or, relevant) cases? Here's some ...
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Am I allowed to open source my Dr. Seuss txt files on GitHub?

I've been working on building a Dr. Seuss dataset which provides training data for my recurrent neural network. The goal is to use machine learning to get the computer to generate Seuss-like works. ...
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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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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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Is it legal to use movie frames or actor images as online avatars?

Browsing around social networks and this community, I see that there are users that use pictures of actors from TV series as their avatar. I don't want to point to anyone's profile to give an ...
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How much can I quote from an academic book for my lecture notes?

I'm writing lecture notes for one of my exams, both as a process to learn the subject well and to be able to share it with other students later. The official lecture notes are just slides and are ...
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Can I use and how do I credit a Creative Commons image within a larger copyrighted work?

I am working on a website. The HTML and CSS code are my own original work, the text on the page is my own original work, and there are some images that are my own original work. I want to retain ...
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Fair Use Quoting Reviews in Videos

If I am making a video about a particular business, is it fair use to, within that video, quote a review or rating from Google or Yelp? i.e. Such and Such business has a 5 star rating from Jackie Joe ...
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Copyright, fair use, and “news” sites copying articles from each other

This question is about English-language "news" sites (i.e. sites that have articles about something new that has happened in e.g. science, technology, or some other area of interest) which I am ...
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Is using video games to train computer AI considered fair use?

Consider a scenario where I'm thinking of building an automated driving system for my own learning, I use driving simulation video games to aid a specific computer vision module as a test bench since ...
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Assuming fair use - where do I legally get video content?

This question is in relation to US law. Example: I'm making a youtube video that will be commercialized. Assume it falls under fair use; it will contain small clips from several different movies but ...