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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When does a fan game fall under parody?

Apparently there was a case in 2013 where the fan game My Little Pony: Fighting is Magic got taken down by Hasbro. This makes me wonder, why did it not fall under fair use in terms of Parody? This ...
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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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Is it legal to use a publc persons likeness in a game?

I was thinking about making a game with a celebrity or multiple celebreties/famous people in it. I would like to make them be playable characters. I know this would be a problem if I for example used ...
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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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Am I allowed to reproduce work published on a website for free which bears an “all rights reserved” tag?

I'm aware of this answer Quoting from a book with "All rights reserved". Fair use? but my case is slightly different, so I will ask another question. There is a website which contains ...
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What is the practical difference between “fair use” and “fair dealing” in Copyright law?

In the united-states, fair-use is a defence to copyright infringement. In other jurisdictions, particularly members or ex-members of the British Commonwealth such as united-kingdom and australia ...
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Am I Infringing copyright by posting a bunch of (verbatim) quotes from books?

I run a self-improvement oriented community. I continuously read books, some of them quite famous, and provide a summary along with textual quotations from each of the books reviewed. Now here's the ...
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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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Do XYZ and MEAT Partners have any legal standing to stop their names from being used? [closed]

Below is similar language to a note my team is preparing to send out to clients, announcing a recent transaction. Everything is factual. While XYZ and/or MEAT have asked us not to use their logo (and ...
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Is it allowed to sell 3D models of existing brands?

Case: I make 3D models for architecture. Now I made a bundle of IKEA furniture to use in my interior scenes. I do this for clients to give them a visual representation of what a room can be. Because ...
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Is using a photo reference for pose fair use?

If I draw an imaginary character and use a photograph as reference for human body/pose, is that legal, copyright-wise? Let's say I change the hair and the face? I know it needs to be 80% different, ...
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Is D&D homebrew necessarily a derivative work of the SRD?

Wizards of the Coast, makers of Dungeons & Dragons, fifth edition, has made a subset of the game's core rules (known as the System Reference Document or SRD) freely available under the copyleft-...
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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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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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Using images from the web in a survey

I am making a survey about beverage ingredients, and to give examples in the survey it'd be easy to use images from blog posts/websites or websites of companies that make these beverages. From this ...
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Is it legal to duplicate illegally distributed materials, if being used for fair use purposes?

Suppose I wish to use copyrighted printed materials under fair use, and let's assume for the sake of argument that it is completely obvious that my usage correctly falls under fair use guidelines. As ...
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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 software in school

Maybe it is a strange question but as a curiosity, if there are pirated softwares installed on our school's computer, is it considered as fair use to take exam using them?
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Fair use of licenced music snippets in a commercial, educational product

I have a commercial product that teaches music theory using a series of short videos. In an upcoming video, I'd like to give examples of particular theory concepts using several short snippets of ...
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Can I use screenshot of a TV show on slides of a talk?

I have been invited to give a TEDx talk quite soon and the topic of the talk is really close to an episode of Black Mirror. I'd therefore like to use some images of the show in my talk. Other movies ...
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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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D&D Monsters and Copyright

We are making a college board game, and would like to know if we can use a few monsters from dnd to make our game. We don't use the same name as you do, just the images from online and the books.
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Fair Use of Photos as a Derivative Work

This question comes specifically from a particular example. Within Ethics for the Information Age (Quinn), 5th Edition, there is a chapter on Intellectual Property, and while most of it is well-...
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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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Is reposting a video from youtube on vimeo for purposes of criticism and commentary fair use?

The reason for reposting would be to not give exposure to someone getting 'famous' for problematic behavior that is likely causing injury to others and certainly endangering lives. Credit is obvious ...
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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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Is it illegal to copy and use codes that are mentioned in a coding tutorial?

Can someone get in legal trouble if he/she copies or uses some code mentioned or used in a tutorial on youtube or other websites/sources?is it considered as fair use?
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Using a public domain opera, recorded by someone else, in a parody

I found a YouTube video of a public domain opera, and I want to use the sound portion in a musical parody. I will only use parts of it, alter it dramatically, and wish to claim "Fair Use." Is it ...
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Is it illegal in the EU / in Germany to download a scientific e-book?

Suppose there's a scientific monograph I really want to read but don't want to buy. I find an e-book on some website (where it is accessible to the public without restrictions) and download it. I don'...
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Using someone else's registered trademark

This seems like a very textbook and common question, but I can't find it anywhere. Here's an example of the situation: A card game called Cards Against Humanity sometimes uses other company's 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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Are names used within a TV show (for example, the name of a fictional business) automatically copyrighted?

According to the personal account of one of the founders of the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, he waited hours outside the gates of Paramount Studios to license the name "Bubba Gump Shrimp" (which first ...
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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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Quoting from a book with “All rights reserved”. Fair use?

Is it considered "fair use/fair dealing" to quote a short sentence or two from a book who's copyright statement mentions only "All rights reserved"? I'm writing a book and explaining some concept. To ...
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How far does parody go in copyright laws in Canada?

I'm wondering how far does parody go in Canadian copyright act? Is copying someone else's open source code and modifying it then protecting it considered as infringement? The code is from a ...
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Using short quotes from published, well-known literary works in a product [duplicate]

In order to create and sell a card game with each card having a short (25-50 words) quote from a book, is a licensing agreement needed or is this fair use? Assume the books are recent enough to be ...
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Patent application: can the citation of a figure from another author be considered fair use?

I would like to include a figure from a scientific paper which illustrates some background for my invention. I can cite the source and I can make it clear that I'm using it for illustration and ...
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On the legality of using artwork as 'character references' for a roleplay site

I'm planning on doing a bit of a web app project, but worried that it may be in a legal gray area and looking for some clarification and perhaps warnings on what not to do. The project outline is more ...
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Copyright related issue on publishing a technical book?

I am preparing to publish a technical book on programming that contains figures and charts (like, compiler, linker, ASCII table, keywords list) created by myself by taking references from many sources....
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Parody or Infringement? (United States of America)

I am struggling with the difference between these definitions. Q: Is this a Parody or a Copyright Infringement? In a proposed pilot for a TV/Web show aimed at children for edutainment, one of the ...
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copyright question (constructs and presentations)

I got a threatening email from someone today alleging copyright infringement on a website that I built as a personal project back in 2013 to crowdsource the latest trail data from the long-distance ...
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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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Using quotes in a text you publish under creative commons

Fair use allows quoting other texts (or images) as part of your text, but how does this interact with you publishing the work under a creative commons license that allows derivatives.
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Legality of putting ads on an academic studying tool that contains user-generated content?

I made a web app that helps users generate interactive study notes, which facilitates their studying. The nature of this kind of user-generated content is that it will inevitably contain copyrighted ...
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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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Is using Twitch-broadcasts solely for research fair use?

For my bachelor thesis, I need to download ~10Tb of data from Twitch via Twitchleecher. I would like to use it for Deep-learning (emotion recognition), which means processing the data and deleting it ...
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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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What is legally citable from printed material such as books and references when I want to reproduce a photograph of a page?

I'm writing a style guide for programming and one of the examples I'm providing for describing what it's like to read bad code is by comparing it to reading a bad novel. I know through experience ...
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Proportion of copyrighted material that can be distributed without infringement

Is there a threshold or a descriptive proportion that is considered not copyright infringement but merely creative and educational use when distributing some copyright protected material along with ...