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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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Is using a song in my outro considered fair use?

I'm working on a youtube channel where I want to post only educational material and in my outro I want to use a part of a copyrighted song since the song and the theme of my videos send the same ...
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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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Does creating YouTube tutorials on how to solve questions from textbooks infringe copyright?

When the answer to a problem is not provided by the textbook (or even in the case that it is), would creating a YouTube or text-based tutorial on how to solve it infringe the copyright of the textbook ...
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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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Personal copying of source code from a programming book

Many books on computer programming publish source code listings and example programs as part of the printed book to demonstrate some aspect of the language. When I'm learning from such books, I ...
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Google Map image use in public presentation

The IP statement supplied by Google Maps outlining permissible use of images of their maps is rather vague (to me at least) see link (https://www.google.com/permissions/geoguidelines.html). They give ...
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Is it legal to upload short, publicly available, source files on Stack Exchange to ask about them?

I once asked a question on tex.SE about a (LaTeX) title page template that my university provides for master's theses. Since the people over at tex.SE require Minimal Working Examples, I uploaded a ...
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Legal Issues of publishing a book on software?

Not sure if this is the right place, but I'd like to know the process on how to publish a book on Software that I didn't produce. I can get the book printed, bound, and put on the market, but ...
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Fair use of Tweets

There are many personalities that use Twitter to promote themselves, and are active on the site. If I sell a product that quotes or reproduces these tweets is it fair use? Let's assume that we are ...
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Can maps from Google Maps be used in school presentation?

I'm doing a presentation for a class in college. Am I allowed to include images of Google Maps? To clarify, I'm not using the actual photographs or street views of google maps, just the street names. ...
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Could it be considered fair-use to post a censored version of another YouTube video on YouTube?

Regardless of if it is legal to download the video from YouTube in the first place, could it be considered fair-use to upload the video with some parts of the video and audio censored (giving credit ...
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Is it legal for a company to make more than one copyright claim on the same content?

I have had a video copyright claimed by a company, which I then submitted a counterclaim for and had the video reinstated. Since then I have had numerous claims from the same company and have had to ...
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Length of movie clip for fair-use?

Is there some maximum length of a movie clip that can be publicly shared as "fair use?" E.g., the Youtube channel Movieclips shows clips with an average length of 2:30.
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Is taking notes copyright infringement?

If I'm taking notes on a book I'm studying would I technically be infringing copyright if I didn't properly cite the source on the piece of paper the notes are on? I got curious because I was watching ...
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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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The Legality of Music Datamining

Let us assume that a hit song or two from a list of, say, 200 artists, is transcribed into a digital format which allowed for melody/harmony and other types of analysis. These analyses would produce a ...
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I am preparing The Lion King themed summer camp for young children, am I allowed to use The Lion King poster on my pamphlets?

This summer I am preparing a summer camp for children which is strongly inspired by The Lion King story line and I like the posters created for the movie. Is it OK to use the posters as images on my ...
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In Oracle America v. Google, what was the District Court jury's rationale behind its “fair use” finding?

In the case of Oracle America v. Google, the District Court of Northern California ruled on whether or not Google's reimplementation of 37 Java APIs constituted fair use. My question is, how - in the ...
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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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Pictures vs 3D Models - What's the difference?

If you want to make a video game that contains real world products, you generally need to obtain permission from the company that makes that product to include it in your game. For example, if you ...
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Can I reproduce a trademarked logo in my blog?

I have a blog about marketing. I am writing a new post where I talk about different Apple logos. Can I make a screen shot from Apple website and include that image in my blog? I just want to ...
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Is it legal to write and sell Instructions on how to play board games?

For every board game that I am learning, I am writing 1-3 page instructions about the game and how to set up the game and play it. Having 3 page summary of instructions (as opposed to 20 pages) ...
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Is it legal to use TV network logos on my own discussion forums about those networks?

Let's say that I am making a forum utility to discuss topics of television ... ESPN, CSPAN, CBS, etc. If the channel is called ESPN and the forum is made specifically to discuss what is on that ...
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What are the copyright restrictions regarding USA's icons/monuments?

I'm working on a project that will compile some of the most iconic elements of the United States of America (e.g. Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, the Navy, the Air Force, the Liberty Bell, 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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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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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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Does quoting documentation as comments in programming code qualify as Fair Use?

Here's an example of how I might document a function call to some external API, external library etc. Their API may have T&Cs, or the libary may force me to abide by a license, that's fine, but ...
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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 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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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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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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What is the rationale behind fair use exemptions?

"Fair use" is one exemption that allows the use of copyrighted material. From what I understand, this exemption falls into one of two broad categories: Teaching, research, news reporting, etc. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it legal to use Youtube thumbnails on another website?

Let's say I have a website where each page has an embedded Youtube video, and there are also a list of this web pages, can this list display those video thumbnails as the image of the link to the page ...
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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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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. ...