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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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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. ...
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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 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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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 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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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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How does the exclusive right to public display apply, e.g., to t-shirts?

17 USC §106(5) says that the copyright holder of work holds the exclusive right to display the work publicly: (5) in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, ...
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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 to include Apple emoji in a commercial printed book?

Could I sell a printed work, say a book, which included Apple's emoji characters? Also if I redrew them in the same style only for purposes of providing a higher resolution version of the emoji would ...
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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 ...