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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

 

Legal copyright procedure?

How does someone get a copyright to a photograph they have taken? [more inside]
posted by BillyAnne on Nov 18, 2013 - 5 answers

Why do some TV shows not mention real-life brands, yet others do?

Some TV shows (and movies, and novels) go out of their way to avoid mentioning real-life brands. This video shows countless mentions of faux social networks: Friendbranch, Facefinder, Friendnet, etc etc, rather than Facebook. But others freely portray real-life companies when they want to. How come? [more inside]
posted by so_necessary on May 29, 2013 - 27 answers

Using a famous picture in an ad - legal/copyright question

We have an ad which will be printed, and *ideally* would love to use that picture from the superbowl ad of the nerd kissing the model (godaddy ad). I know this is a longshot since they paid millions for it, but is my only legal option to ask GoDaddy and go this route? THANK YOU!
posted by livin4u on Mar 11, 2013 - 14 answers

How do I negotiate with my publisher?

My stats notes are getting too long to distribute using the university printers. A publisher wants to turn them into a printed book, but I want to keep control of the electronic distribution of my work. How should I approach this situation? [more inside]
posted by mixing on Nov 26, 2012 - 17 answers

Can employer restrict my use of portfolio samples?

I'm a graphic designer, employed full-time with a marketing agency. Yesterday my boss said I have to take down examples of work I've done while at the agency. In trying to determine if I can legally show these samples, searching the web is providing conflicting info. Things worth mentioning (a) My portfolio specifies that the work was done on behalf of my employer (b) I never signed anything restricting the use of these images and (c) The images are of works that have appeared in public (stores, events, etc). Is there something "official" I can refer to that shows where the rights to these images lie, especially as they apply to a personal portfolio?
posted by AONeal79 on Oct 19, 2012 - 19 answers

Advice on possibly name copyright issues

Could an outdated web comic conflict with our upcoming iPhone game? [more inside]
posted by SRMorris on Apr 23, 2012 - 2 answers

Streaming MP3s and DMCA

Is it considered copyright infringement to stream an MP3 on a web page for promotional purposes? No download etc, just streaming. [more inside]
posted by ascetic on Apr 17, 2012 - 16 answers

How else could one represent Tony the tiger?

Just gave a Powerpoint presentation (for free) at a non-profit organization and liberally sampled from Google Images to fill out the slides. Afterwards, several of the attendees heaped glowing praise about the talk upon me, with a subset of them almost literally begging me to sell them the talk so they could give the talk to groups of folks they deal with. I don't want to give them my hard work for free. What must I now do to monetize this opportunity legally without getting into trouble having glommed numerous copyrighted images? For what it's worth, the talk had a nutritional bent and had images of commercial stock images of food item such as Kellogg's Frosted Flakes, Crisco, etc... Does this fall under Fair Use?
posted by teg4rvn on Jan 24, 2012 - 11 answers

Would it be illegal or just rude?

What are the legal/copyright/douchebag implications (if any) of registering a domain name that is already a username on a free blogging platform? Yeah, yeah, you're not a lawyer... [more inside]
posted by nataliedanger on Jan 2, 2012 - 11 answers

Can i make a reality show into a musical?

Legality/advisability of turning a reality show season into a musical? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Dec 29, 2011 - 11 answers

How do I obtain a license to publish another company's old, non-monetized software?

I'm interested in obtaining a license to distribute a modified version of someone else's software from a large multinational corporation. How would I go about doing this? What sort of contracts would I need, who should I contact, and how can I ensure that I get the best deal? [more inside]
posted by Lakmir on Dec 3, 2011 - 6 answers

I'm being flogged publicly ..is my accuser handling it legally

I did the wrong thing...but do I have any rights in this situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 13, 2011 - 22 answers

Legal issues of writing a book about a video game?

What legal issues might I run into when writing an instructional guide book for a video game? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on Oct 14, 2011 - 7 answers

What is the legal process for a non-US citizen protecting their copyright in the US?

What is the legal process for a non-US citizen protecting their copyright in the US? [more inside]
posted by jihaan on May 26, 2011 - 2 answers

How can I learn more about IP/copyright history/issues in the US?

I want to learn more about the history and legal issues surrounding copyright infringement/intellectual property and how it relates to businesses and artists in the United States. What would be a good place to start? (Prompted by this thread.)
posted by autoclavicle on Mar 29, 2011 - 8 answers

"What's a cubit?!"

How do I go about (legally) compiling a small glossary with intent to publish? [more inside]
posted by usonian on Mar 22, 2011 - 5 answers

What is my legal responsibility when allowing users to either transfer online images to my server, or creating hotlinks to online images?

What is my legal responsibility when allowing users to display images on my site that are sourced by the user either transferring online images to my server, or creating hotlinks to online images? [more inside]
posted by ben5757 on Feb 14, 2011 - 1 answer

But, they just SOUND similar.

What happens when you've purchased a domain that a company wants but you're not sure how to proceed because Or am I totally in the wrong? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2010 - 9 answers

Is it legal to copy legal documents?

Unless specified against so, is it legal to copy other people's legal documents (work contract, websites' disclaimer, terms of use, etc) for my own use? I want to copy parts of other people's legal documents to create a customized version for my own business.
posted by bbxx on Sep 4, 2010 - 9 answers

Publishing fiction anonymously online

How can I publish my fiction online anonymously and still retain the copyright? [more inside]
posted by eeby on Apr 12, 2010 - 9 answers

A New Old Book?

CopyrightFilter: Lets say I wanted to take a book in the public domain, illustrate it, set it, and design it as a kind of portfolio project that shows I can do all these things - could I then sell the book legally via print on demand or running my own press?
posted by The Whelk on Feb 17, 2010 - 21 answers

I am joining a comic start-up, and I need some advice on what to do next.

I'm getting involved with a comic startup. How can I protect the stuff that I make? [more inside]
posted by hellojed on Jan 13, 2010 - 11 answers

Technical/legal questions about a site that will parody a trademarked brand

I'm thinking of creating a political parody website that may step on some toes and/or trademarks. I have a few technical and legal questions about how best to go about this. [more inside]
posted by Riki tiki on Dec 22, 2009 - 6 answers

Will I get in trouble for posting mp3s to my blog?

i am (surprise surprise) into blogs. and before i was into blogs, i was into music. now i like to post mp3s to my blog. is it a bad idea to label which song/artist it is -- as in, are there really crazy music coppers who will show up on my doorstep to arrest me? [more inside]
posted by hagelslaag on Nov 27, 2009 - 19 answers

How to track down public performance rights for films?

What happened to the US public performance rights for many Studio Ghibli (home of director Hayao Miyazaki) animated films? I'm trying to set up a film festival and no one seems to know who owns the rights.. is there any way to find out? [more inside]
posted by muscatlove on Aug 20, 2009 - 5 answers

What is the legality of making a site like www.instantboss.org or a movie sound board in the state of PA?

What is the legality of making a site like www.instantboss.org or a movie sound board in the state of PA? [more inside]
posted by xdeliriumx on Jul 14, 2009 - 4 answers

Illegal poetry

Can translating literary works over the internet get me arrested? [more inside]
posted by howiamdifferent on Jan 7, 2009 - 12 answers

"Please don't start a similar business to mine elsewhere. It would hurt my feelings."

Can you really hold copyright to a business model/idea/concept, and disallow others from duplicating it? If not, then how is The Sampler able to do so? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Dec 21, 2007 - 26 answers

Can one copyright a legal agreement?

Is it possible to copyright a legal agreement? I'd like to do some cut and pasting of a few Terms of Service agreements but don't want to run afoul of the law.
posted by Pinwheel on Oct 17, 2007 - 24 answers

Help me find Rusty's owner

Can you help me find the original publisher of the educational short film featuring Rusty the narcoleptic dachsund? [more inside]
posted by scottandrew on Jun 29, 2007 - 4 answers

What is Equitable in a Book Deal?

I've been asked to co-author a nonfiction book with a woman who is an expert in her field, but not a writer. I have some questions about contracts and rights to the material. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 26, 2007 - 6 answers

Lookin' for -Law- in all the wrong places.

Is it possible to find out details pertaining to, or resulting from copyright lawsuits? [more inside]
posted by psyward on Nov 16, 2006 - 12 answers

How can I prove I legally can play back copied music at a business?

Where can I find clear and direct laws regarding the playback of backed-up music at a place of business in the United States? [more inside]
posted by Dean Keaton on Apr 19, 2006 - 25 answers

Problems with naming a band after other people's names

Are there any problems with naming a band after other people's names -- people we don't know? [more inside]
posted by pealco on Apr 8, 2006 - 17 answers

Can Chuck Norris sue me for this?

I run a t-shirt site, and have received a "cease and desist" letter from Chuck Norris's lawyers. Anyone have experience with something like this? What are my rights? [more inside]
posted by thebbxx on Jan 30, 2006 - 30 answers

How does copyright law work with RSS feeds? Can they be republished?

What are the legal implications of re-publishing full-text entries from another site's RSS feed? Planet sites do it for mostly legitimate purposes, and spam-logs do it for, well, spammy purposes. But are there any laws that apply? The US copyright code doesn't assume the information is already freely available on the internet, so it seems like a grey area. [more inside]
posted by Geektronica on Nov 14, 2005 - 13 answers

Copyright Question

A project of mine has inovlved me creating a number of Sudoku puzzles. What is my position with regards to copyright? I have created, from scratch, a program that builds Sudoku grids. I don't actually build the grids myself, my program does. Do I still hold copyright on the generated grids? [more inside]
posted by gaby on Oct 15, 2005 - 22 answers

YOINK!

Yoink! John Walkenbach (J-walk) wrote a cute little thing for his site about something called Wifi Speed Spray. Recently he was alerted that not only had someone completely stolen his idea and put it in a ebay auction, they took the artwork and all. When John contacted the seller to ask him to cut it out, the guy refused, claiming that John couldn't prove he was the author. What does one do in the information age when someone completely rips you off, claims credit for what you wrote, and refuses to admit any wrong doing? [more inside]
posted by crunchland on Aug 11, 2005 - 14 answers

Photo stolen and Altered by local publication, help!

Related to an earlier question, but a local paper took one of my photos, altered it to remove my copyright mark, and then printed/posted it with an article. [more inside]
posted by Jase on Jul 21, 2005 - 27 answers

Do U.S. laws allow the reposting of a UK band's lyrics without permission?

LyricsFilter:
I've seen the lyrics to a UK band's song posted on a blog hosted in the US, without a copyright notice or a 'with permission' blurb. Is that legally OK in the US?
Previous search of ask.me questions reveal little.
posted by dash_slot- on Nov 21, 2004 - 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

Copyright Law Question

Lawyerfilter: I'm curious about the legality of replicating content (designs, catchphrases, etc) from a given medium into another. For example, I love the "Real Genius"-inspired shirts that founditemclothing.com is producing ( "I Love Toxic Waste," "International Order for Gorillas," and "Surf Nicaragua,") but I'm wondering if it's permissible under the law. Thanks in advance to anyone willing and able to take a stab at explaning it.
posted by Sinner on Oct 26, 2004 - 8 answers

Is it legal?

Can anyone direct me to a site detailing current treatments of the legality of music sharing and downloading?
posted by Phatty Lumpkin on May 23, 2004 - 2 answers

Intellectual property question

AskLegalFilter: As a sort of follow-up to this thread, some friends and I have invented a game and have started to show it to representatives from game companies. There's been some interest, and before we can think about moving forward, I think we have to start with the legal stuff on our end. What sort of legal entity do my friends and I need to become so that someone can license intellectual property (mostly writing, as opposed to a unique style of play) from us and write us checks? And how can we do it for the least cost? Assume that we're more or less equal partners (somewhere between 33/33/33 and 35/35/30).
posted by blueshammer on May 3, 2004 - 11 answers

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