Attorneys Handling Fair Use

Can Derivative Works Be Copyrighted?

Image yourself an artist (of any sort) who has drawn such great inspiration from another (copyrighted) work that you would like to modify that work to create something new.  Are you allowed to do so?  Could you get a copyright to your new creation? As with most questions in law, the answer is: it depends. […]

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Fair Use Under Copyright Law

Not every use of a copyrighted work is considered infringement.  Fair Use is an exception that permits limited use of copyrighted material without acquiring permission from the rights holder.  Typically, fair use includes categories such as criticism/parody, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research.  When determining whether fair use exists, courts look to whether the […]

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