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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Can I use the Olympic logo in a card within my board game?

I'm publishing a board game and one of my cards is called "The Olympics" and has the logo in pixel art (Photo link: https://ibb.co/f5yocQ). I know that the logo and the words "The Olympics" have had ...
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Does musical satire really require permission from the copyright holder?

I was reading this article on American art-rock/new-wave band Devo in The New Yorker and came across this claim that puzzles me: It’s a little unclear why Warner, once they learned that Devo wanted ...
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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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Fair use: is legality of use determined separately from legality of source?

Youtube and other content sites have extensive resources (Youtube Fair Use Guidelines) that describe the conditions for fair-use. However, these do not contain adequate treatments of legal content ...
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Can I use real life brand names in a computer game?

I'm working on a computer game, where the player will be controlling a fictional country in the 1950s. I want to make it possible for the player to purchase products with real life brand names. For ...
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Can I use modified version of Apple, Android, Windows, and Blackberry logos in commercial advertising to show compatibility?

I am making and commercially reproducing a script that would show textual advertisements based on a user's device. I want to, beside the text, have an icon showing the device in order to show ...
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Is it legal use parody products for commercial purposes?

I am future T-Shirt seller. I don't want to have problems with copyright for my designs. So I have made some research and learned that parody is fair use. Can I sell below parody T-Shirts? (Parody ...
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Music samples for market research surveys [closed]

Would using short clips (8-15 seconds) of songs embedded in online surveys for market research fall under fair use? If not, what type of music license would be required for this application? The ...
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What is the upper boundary for using a copyrighted character under fair use? [closed]

It seems that it is often understood that copyrighted works can be used as parodies or satire. In some cases derivative works clearly match this definition, in others it can be difficult to tell. I ...
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What exactly would count as copyright infringement in a replication paper?

Cross posted from academia.SE link I have been following the review process of a replication journal In particular, it has an open review which can be seen. On a particular submission they are ...
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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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Can I use a Disney character name as a nickname for one of my staff members in an interview video?

I am working as a graphic designer for a small team of researchers in a national research organization. One of our team members is affectionately called "Baymax" from the film "Big Hero Six". I am ...
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What is the resulting status of a sculpture using CC BY-SA works?

I would like to create a sculpture, related to science and technology, using engraved diagrams of physical processes on the surface. Some of these diagrams I will produce myself, many are in the ...
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Build upon parts of CC BY-NC-SA 2.5 in a paid, educational content

I am reading some great articles licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.5. On the License's site, I read that this means it's Non Commercial: This means that I "may not use the material for commercial ...
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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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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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Use of trademark related domain with permission

I have a domain (and a website) that is closely related to the very very well known product. If that product was name Foo, my domain is foofaq.com and provides faq and news about Foo. At the ...
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Do I need copyright permission for a blog

I am thinking of creating a sports blog, and would like to know if you need permission from a team or the league to write this blog. For example if I am writing a article about the Philadelphia ...
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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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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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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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Am I allowed to open source my Dr. Seuss txt files on GitHub?

I've been working on building a Dr. Seuss dataset which provides training data for my recurrent neural network. The goal is to use machine learning to get the computer to generate Seuss-like works. ...
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Is it legal to use movie frames or actor images as online avatars?

Browsing around social networks and this community, I see that there are users that use pictures of actors from TV series as their avatar. I don't want to point to anyone's profile to give an ...
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How much can I quote from an academic book for my lecture notes?

I'm writing lecture notes for one of my exams, both as a process to learn the subject well and to be able to share it with other students later. The official lecture notes are just slides and are ...
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Can I use and how do I credit a Creative Commons image within a larger copyrighted work?

I am working on a website. The HTML and CSS code are my own original work, the text on the page is my own original work, and there are some images that are my own original work. I want to retain ...
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Fair Use Quoting Reviews in Videos

If I am making a video about a particular business, is it fair use to, within that video, quote a review or rating from Google or Yelp? i.e. Such and Such business has a 5 star rating from Jackie Joe ...
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Copyright, fair use, and “news” sites copying articles from each other

This question is about English-language "news" sites (i.e. sites that have articles about something new that has happened in e.g. science, technology, or some other area of interest) which I am ...
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Assuming fair use - where do I legally get video content?

This question is in relation to US law. Example: I'm making a youtube video that will be commercialized. Assume it falls under fair use; it will contain small clips from several different movies but ...
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Is using video games to train computer AI considered fair use?

Consider a scenario where I'm thinking of building an automated driving system for my own learning, I use driving simulation video games to aid a specific computer vision module as a test bench since ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...