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Fair Use Question of The Month: Poetry Remix

Dear CMSI, I’m an active member of a slam poet association and I sometimes take the verse of past poets to create something new and fresh that feels more current or more me. It feels fresh to me,...

Fair Use Question of the Month

Dear CMSI, I’m a grad student in communications, and I’m comparing the framing of news in various venues. I want to publish my results with an online journal where I can use different media...

Fair Use Question of the Month: Online Databases for Students

Dear CMSI, I teach a course about the history of abstract expressionist art. Over the years, I’ve collected an online database chock-full of high-res jpegs of Kandinsky, Pollock, Tobey, Hofmann...

Fair Use Question of the Month: Analytic Writing About Art

Dear CMSI, I’m writing a book about the legacy of Keith Haring, examining his effect on modern activism and pop art. In order to demonstrate my point, I need to visually quote extensively not only...

Fair Use Question of the Month: Photos for Art Installation

Dear CMSI, As an artist, I want to use photos of models, including the famous ‘60s model Twiggy, to explore our definitions of feminine beauty, in an installation. Do I need to license the...

Fair Use Question of the Month: Images of Copyrighted Work

Dear CMSI, Image by Scott Johnson/Flickr I found an acceptable-quality copy of the public-domain painting I need to illustrate a point in my new book. The same image is available from a museum, but...

Fair Use Question of the Month: Digitizing Archives of Copyrighted Work

Dear CMSI, Image by Gail Frederick/Flickr I am part of a team in the special collections unit of my university library working on the recently acquired personal archive of a regional artist....

Fair Use Question of the Month: Can I Use Footage From a Copy-Protected DVD?

Dear CMSI, I’ve been playing with some new remix platforms, and I have a really funny video that does a mashup of similar scenes in three recent popular comedies, plus some old stuff from an...

Fair Use Question of the Month: Capturing Copyrighted Material in the Background

Dear CMSI, I work as a documentary filmmaker and for my next shoot, we are filming a lot of scenes in a mall and inside a school. I am worried about all the copyrighted content that might be...

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