Tag Archives: Copyright Law

The Case of the Monkey Selfie

Here’s the story: back in 2011, this monkey gets hold of a photographer’s camera (there are multiple versions of how the monkey actually got the camera, so we will just state the fact we do know for certain – it ended up with the camera) and starts snapping pics of itself. The owner of the camera, David Slater, claims a copyright in the resulting photos and demands that Wikipedia take them down. So, who owns the pic? The owner of the camera, or the photographer (regardless of species) who actually took the picture? Copyright 101 – the creator of the …

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Can I Use That Cool Video on YouTube? (Part II)

This is the second part of a two-part article (Part I is here) to try to help folks answer a common question: “I found this great clip on YouTube, and it [fill in the blank: “is really funny” or “really illustrates my point well” or “works really well in my presentation]. Can I use it?” It’s not a really easy question to answer, even in context. In the abstract, it’s even harder. But, as pointed out in Part I, there are essentially three main sources to which people can look when considering the answer to the “Can I Use It?” …

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Can I Use That Really Cool YouTube Video? (Part I)

A question I get fairly often is: “I found this great clip on YouTube, and it [fill in the blank: “is really funny” or “really illustrates my point well” or “works really well in my presentation]. Can I use it?” Many people more or less blindly assume that, if a video has been posted on YouTube (or otherwise on the Internet) and you have some purpose for which you want to use it, it’s fair game. But it’s not that simple. In reality, the answer to the question of “Can I use it?” is really: “It depends.” This is not …

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