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An exception to the limitations that can be imposed by a copyright owner. A similar concept in the U.K. and other commonwealth jurisdictions 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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Can YouTube videos count as non-commercial and/or educational for the purpose of fair use?

One of the factors courts consider when determining when use of copyrighted material falls under fair use is whether the use is for “nonprofit educational purposes”. Now, some claim or assume that ...
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For a work to be considered "transformative" under fair use, does the "new expression, meaning or message" have to be about the original work?

One of the four factors used to determine whether use of copyrighted material is considered fair use is "the purpose and character of the use." The essence of this factor seems to be "...
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Rules behind using news logos on websites

I see many people on LinkedIn using the logo of news sites they were featured on or had a PR piece republished on. What are the US laws around the use of such logos? What happens if someone falsely ...
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Can I make animated summaries of shows/movies?

I was wondering if I could make animated short videos (like a minute long). I was planning to make short animations doing a very basic version of the stories, they would include all of my own sounds ...
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Is it a copyright violation to use (C) texts I legally own to train an A.I.?

Let's use J.K. Rowlings and Shakespeare as an example. I want to train an A.I. to produce stories that look like a mix of both author's styles. The real example should use over 40 different authors, ...
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Can I display a Rotten Tomatoes/IMDB score on my movie website under fair use?

I created a website which lists movies playing in cinemas in a geographical area. For each movie, I would like to show the IMDB/Rotten Tomatoes scores. I would not use their graphics, logos, labels (...
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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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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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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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Does the UK text and data mining exception to copyright allow non-commercial projects free use of anything on the internet to train their models?

On the UK government page on Exceptions to copyright the text and data mining exception is described as: Text and data mining is the use of automated analytical techniques to analyse text and data ...
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My app modifies the display of website content. Can I suggest a specific list of sites for my target audience?

I'm working on an app idea which offers users a "read view" of websites, which includes stripping the content of ads, changing font and changing the layout of sites to make it easier for ...
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What counts as original content according to youtube's api?

Suppose that a developer intends to develop an app capable of searching and recommending videos from youtube, courses from udemy and content from other sites. Is s/he allowed to have subscriptions and ...
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Is using Free apps in commercial services allowed by Google Play ToS?

Here are parts of the Terms of Service I find to be relevant: Free Content. Google may allow you to download, view or use Content free of charge on Google Play. Additional limitations may apply 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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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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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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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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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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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 the use of trademarked and/or copyrighted logos in a game be lawful?

Can a software application lawfully include and display trademarked and/or copyrighted logos, when they are used as, for example, part of a Bingo-like "spotting" game, without permission ...
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Is there any protocol for a legally adequate restriction of distribution of intellectual property that goes beyond fair use in copyright law?

To explain the train of thought: there is a risk that existing laws can be used as tools to enable fraud. Let's suppose that there is some legally required disclosure of information, and that the ...
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