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Fair Use Shorts Episode #1 Using photograph in political mailer

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Attorney Steve® Copyright Law Essentials - Fair Use Factors

FAIR USE SHORTS EPISODE#1 - Using photos to criticize a political opponent.

Fair use is an invaluable tool when it comes to copyright infringement. It is a longstanding defense and provides allowance for copyrighted material to be reused or reworked, providing the user acknowledges the original photograph. Navigating this legal and ever-evolving issue can be tricky; however, there are four factors which help determine if the utilization of a photograph falls under fair use:

(1) Purpose & Character,

(2) Nature of Copyrighted Work,

(3) Amount & Substantiality,


(4) Effect on Potential Market.

Taking these into account can help you stay within the bounds of usage for a given photograph and always acknowledge its origin story.  For legal services visit AttorneySteve.com

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