olafs osh wrote in post #18271239
As my understanding goes, it's perfectly fine to use and publish artist's work, if it's used for research, critique and whatnot. Could someone from US, please, drop a link to actual law?
Unfortunately, it isn't this easy. Why? Because there are very few laws that say what you can do. Laws are typically written that only say what you cannot do.
Furthermore, here in the U.S. the courts do not seem to have any interest in making the laws (especially intellectual property laws) clear. The standpoint is typically, "do something, then wait to see how the court interprets your action, in relation to the pertinent copyright laws."
In other words, there is no authority you can go to and say, "this is what I plan to do.....is it legal to do it?"
To any question like that, the authorities will respond, "Well, go ahead and do it, and then if anyone has a problem with what you have done, and sues you, we will all sit back and see what the courts determine - then you will have your answer."
That's just how it works.
Because of the nebulous nature of intellectual property law, and to a lesser extent copyright law, forums such as POTN have simple, easy-to-understand rules, such as "If it isn't your photo, you can't post it, period". At least some entities stand up and make things clear and absolute - what a refreshing difference!
"Your" and "you're" are different words with completely different meanings - please use the correct one.
"They're", "their", and "there" are different words with completely different meanings - please use the correct one.
"Fare" and "fair" are different words with completely different meanings - please use the correct one. The proper expression is "moot point", NOT "mute point".