What constitutes fair use?

Scot Kamins kamins at dogeared.com
Sun May 14 13:08:25 EDT 2006


A kind ModLibber (two, actually) wrote to me pointing out that the  
new illustrateds project might be in violation of copyright laws. The  
suggestion is that, if these images are still under copyright, I  
could get in trouble for posting all the images from a given title.

I want to avoid imperial entanglements (which I have always found to  
be a wise course of action), but I also want to serve the needs/ 
requests of Dogeared members and ML collectors in general.

While I have always been a firm believer in the dictum "it is far  
better to do and beg forgiveness than to ask and be refused," in this  
case a safer course might be a posting of a prudent selection of  
images rather than the all-or-nothing course.

SO: What constitutes "fair use" under copyright laws? What percentage  
of the images in a given title can I post without worrying too much?

- Scot kamins
"What if this weren't a hypothetical question?"

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