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Singing & Copyright

Our group is a charitable/educational one. We do not charge admission to our meetings, but do pass a hat to collect donations to cover expenses. We'd like to sing a popular song or 2 as a group, with several members providing musical accompaniment. We certainly don't want to violate copyright. Are we expected to get permission or pay the copyright holders? Please provide cites/links; thanks!
posted by dancing leaves on Mar 8, 2014 - 9 answers

Hunting a Specific YouTube Fair-Use Case

I'm looking for a specific YouTube video, involved in a Fair-Use copyright case, that had been taken down and some months later allowed to reposted after having been approved by courts as transformative. It involved using two different movie-industry film footage segments that, when interspersed with each other, created a new conversation between two characters of different fictional universes. [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on Dec 3, 2013 - 2 answers

Printing t-shirt design with trademarks?

My fraternity created a cool design that uses the outlines of a lot of the things that we like into our Greek letters. Unfortunately, this design incorporates a lot of different trademarks from a lot of different franchises, and as a result, we're running into different people saying that they can't print our design since it includes trademarks. Is there a way we can get around this? Can we get it printed as fair use somehow? [more inside]
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy on Sep 30, 2013 - 12 answers

"We kissed on the corner then danced through the night"

I'm going through a hand-lettering obsession lately, and becoming more interested in using text in artwork. I'm pretty comfortable with the parameters of fair use in terms of visual reference - using a photo to inform a painting, for example. But what's fair use if I want to paint a phrase or lyric or quote on a sign? The title of the question is my example: it is a line from Fairytale of New York. Is it a large or significant enough fragment that I would need to secure a license of the work if I wanted to create a painting and offer it for sale? The subject would be the text - more or less like this, versus a painting that included other elements with the text. I know there is often a range of ideal practice versus ordinary practice. Is this more formal like quoting a lyric in a book and giving copyright credit, or is it more informal like "I don't think Nick Cage signed off on the You Don't Say meme."?
posted by Lou Stuells on Sep 28, 2013 - 3 answers

Fair use, DMCA, and silly image editing?

I have a photograph in my Flickr feed that has proved very popular on Tumblr and other young-person social networking sites. I have a personal connection to the picture and so, when I see it posted without credit, I have been enthusiastically submitting DMCA takedown notices to remove the image. Yesterday I saw it as someone's Twitter avatar. They had cropped out most of the photo and added a stupid mustache to the picture. I submitted a DMCA notice; Twitter's response was to ask me if it didn't fall under fair use. I don't think it does. [more inside]
posted by Nyx on Aug 6, 2013 - 30 answers

You don't need permission to dress up as a copyrighted character, but do you need permission to write about it?

My novel involves a costume party with some guests dressed as recognizable characters from films, TV, etc. I'm clearly not trying to claim them as my own and it's just all Halloween costumes, but am I asking to get sued? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Oct 30, 2012 - 4 answers

Where can I host fair use vids w/o getting hit by copyright nonsense constantly?

Where can I host videos for my Shakespeare play comparison website that won't a) cost me tons due to hosting and b) be YouTube knee-jerky on copyright violation? [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher on Oct 21, 2012 - 7 answers

Am I infringing copyright by repurposing old goods?

I have some questions about crafting and copyright. If I make objects out of old boardgames and then sell them online, am I running afoul of any copyright or trademark laws? As a contrived example, let's say that I make a lamp out of a Monopoly game, using the actual game board and pieces. If I try to sell it on Etsy, would Hasbro have any kind of claim against me? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller on Sep 22, 2012 - 10 answers

Are fictional concepts fair game?

If I make a software implementation of a fictional religion described in a book published in the '70s, can I be subject to valid intellectual property lawsuits? YANML - understood. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Jan 30, 2012 - 16 answers

How is that that video of all the prisoners dancing is fair use and mine isn't?

Youtube keeps removing my video for copyright violation, is there any way around this? [more inside]
posted by boobjob on Dec 9, 2011 - 9 answers

Legality of sampling for fun

Theoretically: If a musician doesn't make any money/ask for any money (no merch, no money for playing shows, no cds pressed) can they sample anything (from music and movies) they want for use in their works?
posted by drezdn on Oct 18, 2011 - 17 answers

Bayeux Tapestry Use?

Can I use (images of) the Bayeux Tapestry in a music video? [more inside]
posted by hapticactionnetwork on Jul 29, 2011 - 10 answers

How can I find out whether I can reuse city or county publications?

What is the best way to find out whether publications by a US state, county, or city agency are copyrighted? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jul 28, 2011 - 3 answers

Are videos of wedding ceremony's fair use?

I uploaded a video of our wedding ceremony to Youtube. Our recessional was "Love Story" by Taylor Swift. Youtube informs me today that I have "infringing content". Do I have a leg to stand on to claim fair use?
posted by TrueVox on Jul 27, 2011 - 21 answers

Cliffnotes 2.0

I was reading my Kindle last night and my entrepreneurial light went on. I am looking for feedback on the idea, but also techniques that I can use to gauge the feasibility, and legality, of this and future ideas. My idea was Cliffnotes 2.0. Book and article summaries for busy people in a world of ever increasing information. [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized on Aug 24, 2010 - 8 answers

How to ensure iPhone news aggregator app is included in the App Store?

My iPhone news reader app was rejected from the App Store for what looks like copyright reasons. What should I do to get it accepted after all? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 16, 2010 - 7 answers

How to cite/credit copyrighted song lyrics in Creative Commons-licensed fiction

How do I properly credit popular (presumably copyrighted) popular music when quoting lyrics in the context of original fiction being released under Creative Commons? [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey on Feb 7, 2010 - 5 answers

Is there a standard and proven "this is fair use" litany?

If I plan on posting a clip from a TV show to my blog, is there a standard "this is do-able under fair use" disclaimer that has been shown to keep lawyers at bay most of the time? Does it even matter if "fair use" is called out? And does my usage qualify as "fair use"? [more inside]
posted by bingo on Jan 3, 2010 - 12 answers

Can you use a professional sports team as a character in a piece of fiction?

Would it be considered "fair use" to pen a satirical children's book based on a professional sports team? For instance, "How The Yankees Stole Christmas" or something similar. (That's not the title I have in mind, but it gets the point across.) [more inside]
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) on Dec 19, 2009 - 9 answers

How do I do right by a giant, evil media corporation

How can I go about contacting CBS to ask for permission to post clips from 1970s talkshows on Youtube/Podcasts? [more inside]
posted by Jon_Evil on Nov 23, 2009 - 2 answers

Avoiding Youtube Parter program copyright headaches.

How can I make sure that Youtube's copyright requirements are met in order to monetize videos via its Partner program? [more inside]
posted by Nixie Pixel on Oct 1, 2009 - 4 answers

We want shirts, but don't want to infringe on any trademarks or copyrights.

I run a website dedicated to vintage PC games (that is, games from the late 80s, early 90s). Ad revenue has been declining, and a co-admin suggested making t-shirts to sell to support the site. I have questions about what art/words we can use on the shirts. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Aug 17, 2009 - 10 answers

Does off the monitor mean off the hook?

About 15 years ago I was told that still images shot off a video monitor fall under fair use provisions for print publications, as long as the frame of the console is clearly visible in the shot. Is this true? [more inside]
posted by Morpeth on Aug 6, 2009 - 10 answers

Royalty free images for someone else's personal use

How to correctly use royalty free images for personal items when I'm using them to design something for someone else, who pays me for my time. [more inside]
posted by like_neon on Jul 29, 2009 - 5 answers

What's the copyright status of TV show scripts?

What's the copyright status of TV show scripts? Not the original scripts themselves, but versions transcribed from the show as it was broadcast? [more inside]
posted by ixohoxi on Jun 11, 2009 - 9 answers

Unauthorized use of an image

Unauthorized use of a personal photograph to promote a business. What to do if the business refuses to take it down and DMCA notices are too slooow? [more inside]
posted by bitter-girl.com on Feb 20, 2009 - 14 answers

How dangerous would it be to make and sell an anti-"insert name of big box retailer here" t-shirt?

How dangerous would it be to make and sell an anti-"insert name of big box retailer here" t-shirt? [more inside]
posted by fenriq on Jan 23, 2009 - 15 answers

FairUse in iTunesU

FairUse: I work for a major public state university doing video podcasts for distribution over iTunesU. I've looked up many articles about fair use, but I'm never quite sure where I stand. [more inside]
posted by gzimmer on Oct 15, 2008 - 9 answers

Copyright law for online images

What are my legal rights, and what compensation can I get from a UK television channel who used a photograph I had taken without my permission, but which I had uploaded onto facebook?? [more inside]
posted by leibniz on Jun 10, 2008 - 13 answers

Fair Use or Not?

YANAL filter: Quick question about United States trademark law and fair use of logos on a website. [more inside]
posted by fvox13 on Apr 23, 2008 - 3 answers

Legally adding video clips to a review site?

I'm working on a site (it's a personal project) where I basically review movies that I like. Lately, I've been thinking about adding video clips from the movies/series to give visitors a better understanding of what the movies/series are about. How do I do this legally? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Apr 16, 2008 - 13 answers

ID this UI & Video Fair Use

Two Totally Unrelated Questions About THIS VIDEO. Not the content of the video, but the usage. 1) What flash player/UI is that? Perhaps I'm mistaken, but I feel like I've been seeing it not just on Gawker sites, but on many others. Is that a standard player UI that is built into Flash for output to .flv files? 2) Obviously this is totally unauthorized usage. Would this be considered "fair use"? Can anyone recommend any articles on the current state of fair use and online video? Are companies like Gawker and Huffington Post (example) on firm legal ground with this kind of excerpting, which they then host in their own systems/servers, or are they just gambling that the web is so anarchic, that Mr. Big Media Company won't come a suin'?
posted by MaxVonCretin on Nov 19, 2007 - 5 answers

Is it fair use to use original clips from Deal or No Deal in a parody?

I'm producing a parody of Deal or No Deal. Since assembling an audience of sufficient size is beyond my means, I am planning to occasionally show audience shots from an original episode of Deal or No Deal. Does this qualify as fair use? [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit on Jul 8, 2007 - 14 answers

Public Domain?

Does the public library have the right to charge a "licensing fee" or "usage fee" for images, photos, drawings, etc., that they have placed online, but that were created before January 1, 1923? Isn't this work in the public domain, and therefore, free of charge? [more inside]
posted by davidinmanhattan on Jul 5, 2007 - 26 answers

What is a way to copy blog content to allow for comments?

Would it be possible to set up an automated way to mirror portions of posts from a popular weblog to allow people to comment on posts if the original writer does not have comments on his blog? Would this be illegal? [more inside]
posted by davidstandaford on Jun 21, 2007 - 11 answers

Copyright issue | 1975 | Fair use | Japan or US?

CopyrightFilter: Would it be naughty of me to scan some images from Japanese Time Life books from 1975 and post them on my little blog? [more inside]
posted by gomichild on Jun 8, 2007 - 7 answers

Posting television transcripts on the web?

Is it permissible to transcribe TV shows and post said transcripts on the web? [more inside]
posted by crickets on May 9, 2007 - 8 answers

Copyrights on a deleted blog post

What's the copyright and reprint status of the original content of a blog post that has since been deleted? I'm considering both the legal implications and the ethical concerns, plus don't know how much "fair use" applies in a commercial case. [more inside]
posted by pineapple on Mar 22, 2007 - 10 answers

How far does fair use extend?

Copyright question about using sports photos in a blog... [more inside]
posted by afx237vi on Mar 13, 2007 - 6 answers

Need free war on terror footage for documentary.

Where can I find good quality free video footage of the "war on terror" for use as b-roll in a documentary? [more inside]
posted by kookoobirdz on Mar 13, 2007 - 5 answers

The ethics of CCL and Flickr

I need to know if I'm doing something wrong by displaying a derivative digital art piece. [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix on Feb 12, 2007 - 7 answers

TrademarkFilter: Fair use of an old logo?

I'm wondering about the way that trademarks can be enforced in a very specific instance. [more inside]
posted by maniactown on Oct 2, 2006 - 16 answers

Okay to use non-musical samples in music?

Is it okay, legally speaking, to use non-musical audio samples in a musical recording? [more inside]
posted by Durhey on Apr 21, 2006 - 25 answers

Nibb High Football Rules.

Help me impress my boss: where can I find video of the Billy Madison "Industrial Revolution" speech online? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Mar 21, 2006 - 7 answers

Matrimonyugh

I have a fun idea for a snarky blog, but I have one legality question and one name question. [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Jan 26, 2006 - 38 answers

Someone I don't know has titled their blog with my name. What can I do?

There's a guy out there on the web that has chosen to name his blog after me, Armando Bellmas. Instead of feeling flattered, I feel used. As a photographer my name is my business name, too, and I can't have this guy moving in on my turf. I don't know him nor have I given him permission to use my name. Plus, his blog is coming up in the top ten search results for my name at Google. He has not replied to any of my email inquiries and, short of calling an attorney for advice, I'm turning to you guys and the web for help. Thanks in advance.
posted by armando on Feb 11, 2005 - 32 answers

Copyright Law

Copyright law: Can I reproduce a table or a series of tables or diagrams from professional journals as part of a larger educational critical analysis and distribute my new work under a Creative Commons or GPL type license? I think that as long as my use is allowed under fair use doctrine, I can release my creation under my own terms. Correct? Or are data tables and modelling diagrams beyond fair use? Does the fact that it is educational and non-profit matter?
posted by McGuillicuddy on Feb 4, 2005 - 11 answers

Newspaper article fair use

Newspaper fair use. My children, in a story about their school, were recently featured (extensive quotes, several photos) on the front page of a large newspaper. To preserve this and prevent it from vanishing into the depths of their pay only archives I have mirrored the relevant page. I expect that this isn't entirely legal and was wondering how much of the article (if any) I can make available and stay within the 'fair use' guidelines?
posted by cedar on Jan 18, 2005 - 12 answers

Copyright vs. Satire. Tell me about the extent of fair use.

Copyright vs. Satire: How far can one extend the 'fair use' or satire legalities when it comes to using similar imagery in advertisement? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by BrodieShadeTree on Nov 9, 2004 - 7 answers

Where can I find copyright free photos of public figures?

I might want to post a picture of W Bush with a potentially inflammatory caption on my blog. Probably NOT a good idea for me to just grab an AP photo..? (Inside, dere is more.) [more inside]
posted by Shane on Mar 1, 2004 - 15 answers

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