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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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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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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Fair use in (PowerPoint) presentations

Any search engine has an image search service. Typically they make profits (with ads) offering images, they do not own and, since it is unlikely that images are in the public domain, they use ...
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Is creating commercial study guide materials for a trademarked exam considered fair use / illegal?

Provided that no text or diagrams are directly used, is creating commercial study materials considered against fair use / illegal? Given the amount of study guides available for various trademarked ...
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Art transformation: does this fall under fair use

I used this image to make this cutout Would this amount of art transformation fall under fair use for commercial usage?
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Does printing several journal articles for a friend run afoul of copyright law?

I am a graduate student. For a fellow graduate student's upcoming birthday, I wanted to give him a collection of seminal papers in his field. The idea was to print a collection of 10 papers, totaling ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Extracting an item from a real game inside a comic

Suppose I make a webcomic, where at some point one of the characters wields a portal gun, similar to the one in Valve's "Portal"; in fact, the point is that this gun, in the comic universe, ...
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References to real world services in work of fiction

Say a video game represented each in-game character with an email address. Those addresses would contain names of real-world services (Gmail, Yahoo mail, etc). I wouldn't expect that, by itself, to be ...
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Creating a hoodie on Teespring

This would be the image used in the hoodie. The screenshot was originally taken from the F.U.N. episode of Spongebob Squarepants, which aired in 2001. I edited it and turned it into the image seen ...
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Legality of short clips cut from famous movies to fit a new soundtrack

Bob has written a short piece of music and realized that it brilliantly fits certain sequences from a certain famous, copyrighted movie. He cuts essentially a music video from those sequences which ...
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Copyright Fair Use Case

I'm trying to understand the concept of Copyright and trademark Fair Use. I'm a small indie game developer working on a project which plays in the imaginary world of children. They adventure through a ...
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posted an edited copyrighted document for internal use at a small hospital

I work at a rural hospital in the US that is currently dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic. I work in IT, and am keeping up the intranet for internal staff. For reference, I have been asked to post ...
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Can Fair Use Content be Dubbed?

I made a movie, we used third party content and we claimed fair use. We have the lawyer's opinion letter and we are good for the distribution of the film. However, is it possible to dubbed the fair ...
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Which U.S. law forbids unlicensed diff files for a copyrighted work?

I know the topic is difficult. But - being a programmer and no lawyer - I want to understand it as best as I can. And it would be good to know the legal issue here for all types of works, not just ...
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Under what circumstances does referencing a copyrighted fictional work in an unrelated commercial educational product constitute fair use?

Question. Under what circumstances does referencing a copyrighted fictional work in an unrelated commercial educational product constitute fair use? For example, suppose the copyrighted work is Star ...
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Fair use of magazine stats

Many consumer product periodicals (Car and Driver, Consumer Reports, etc) contain objective product performance measurements and stats (stats that are manufacture provided and tested by the periodical)...
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Is using image as an example fair use?

I am in the process of creating a startup, and want to send a technology flyer to potentially interested business customers. It is far easier to explain why my technology is beneficial if I can ...
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Can I use a trademarked name in a project, if I don't own the trademark?

I'm currently making a game, based on Pokémon. I do not own the trademark, copyright, or anything legally related to Pokémon (just some rando on the net). In my code, I use Pokemon to describe a ...
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Fair use of hardware/software configuration data

I’ve searched through the questions/answers here and after reading several, I’m still confused about this situation. Wile E. Coyote has purchased the latest and greatest Road Runner Acquisition and ...
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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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CanI use the figures in research papers or books for YouTube videos under fair use?

I am in Europe. Can I use the images of research papers or books to make an educational YouTube video under fair use? The videos will be monetized and I might have sponsors or receive money by Patreon....