fair use

Fair use is a limitation and exception to the exclusive right granted by copyright law to the author of a creative work. In United States copyright law, fair use is a doctrine that permits limited use of copyrighted material without acquiring permission from the rights holders. Examples of fair use include commentary, search engines, criticism, news reporting, research, teaching, library archiving and scholarship. It provides for the legal, unlicensed citation or incorporation of copyrighted material in another author’s work under a four-factor balancing test.
The term fair use originated in the United States. A similar principle, fair dealing, exists in some other common law jurisdictions. Civil law jurisdictions have other limitations and exceptions to copyright.
Fair use is one of the Traditional Safety Valves.
The legal concept of “test copyright” was first ratified by the United Kingdom of Great Britain’s Statute of Anne of 1709. As room was not made for the authorized…

Hitler Memes On YouTube Aren’t Legally Protected Parodies

ReelSEO's Grant Crowell talks with intellectual property attorney Mark Rosenberg, about why the multitude of video clips on YouTube taking a scene from Constantin Films' 2004 film, Der Untergang ("Downfall"), don't meet the criteria for fair use under U.S. law.
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Improving Online Video Creative Use and Monetization

ReelSEO's Grant Crowell asks Harvard Law Professor and political activist Lawrence Lessig, what technical and legal platforms best balance the protection of online video copyrights versus creative expression by others?
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Remixing Copyrighted Video – Fair Use or Infringement?

ReelSEO's Grant Crowell asks Harvard Law Professor and political activist Lawrence Lessig, what's in it for businesses to be more lax in their enforcement of copyrighted video based on fair use culture?
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Legal Online Video and Fair Use - Sharing Versus Ownership

ReelSEO's Grant Crowell interviews interview Dr. Shay David, VP of Business and Community Development and co-founder of the open source video platform and network Kaltura, and founding member of the Open Video Alliance, about what he considers to be the most important legal issues with open standards and technologies with online video today.
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Legal Video Marketing News: Are Public Figures Fair Game?

Listen to ReelSEO Grant Crowell's podcast interview with intellectual property attorney Mark J. Rosenberg, as they explore legal issues with featuring an online video of a public figure and using that for commercial purposes?

“Fair Use” Legal Update – What Online Video Professionals Should Know

ReelSEO's Grant Crowell interviews intellectual property and new media attorney David Adler about recent developments with the popular case today involving the battle between fair use and copyright protection, and what it can teach online video marketing professionals about detecting and preventing clear-cut copyright violations in web video.

Social Media: Sharing, Theft and The Fine Line

I've recently had problems with some of my content being republished without any request for permission, links back to the site or editing of the content. As fa...