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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...

Fair Use Question of the Month: Showcasing Media Literacy Assignments Outside the Classroom

Dear CMSI, I teach media literacy in my 8th grade English class, and one of my assignments is to find examples of different media saying the same thing or carrying the same message. The students...

Fair Use Question of the Month: Captioning Copyrighted Film for People with Disabilities

Dear CMSI, I am a librarian at a liberal arts college. Last week a young man who was hearing-disabled asked if we had a film he wanted to use for his chemistry project in captioned audiovisual...

Fair Use Question of the Month: Advancing Other Journalists’ Work

Dear CMSI, I work for an online agricultural newsletter and we’re doing ongoing analysis and coverage of the aftermath of a tragic natural disaster that recently hit the Midwest. Our expertise...

Fair Use Question of the Month: Orphan Works in Historical Reporting

Dear CMSi, I am a local reporter in Bedford Falls.  Recently, an old Main Street storefront that was condemned was taken down, as part of a major restructuring of the business section of town....

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