Terms of Service and Title 17 U.S.C. § 107 “Fair Use” Act

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Title 17 U.S.C. § 107 “Fair Use” Act

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Copyright Law of the United States of America
and Related Laws Contained in Title 17 of the United States Code

Chapter 1 – Subject Matter and Scope of Copyright

Section 107 . Limitations on exclusive rights: “Fair use”

Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.

From the Electronic Frontier Foundation: Legal Guide for Bloggers:


When can I borrow someone’s images for my blog post?

Images are subject to the same copyright and fair use laws as written materials (17 U.S.C. § 107), so here too you’ll want to think about the fair use factors that might apply. Is the image used in a transformative way? Are you taking only what’s necessary to convey your point? A thumbnail (reduced-size) image, or a portion of a larger image is more likely to be fair use than taking an entire full-size image.

I want to parody someone. Can I use some of their images and text in my parody?

Yes, parody is recognized as a type of fair use, like other commentary and criticism, and courts recognize that a parody must often take recognizable elements from the work it comments upon. Courts do distinguish parody from satire. Parody copies from the object it mocks, while satire uses recognizable elements from the original work to mock something else or society in general.