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It first matters what country is involved, because the specifics of copyright law differ in terms of how research use is treated. Copying for research purposes is generally treated favorably, but there is no blanket "if it's research it's okay" exception. In the US, you would be relying on the concept of "fair use", a defense where the ...


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You should run this past the people responsible for evaluating research at whichever institution is sponsoring this study. If this is for a university, there are lawyers equipped to make an informed, reliable decision. Generally speaking, though, a transformative use -- such as taking commerical pinball music and using it for academic research on the effects ...


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