fair use educational
U.S. citizen, living and working in Singapore, wants to use ''customer's reports'' (= mini book reviews) posted on Amazon.com and other websites, for 30-pp scholarly publication. Academic journal that publishes my work may be one published in U.S. or overseas; depends who likes the article. Whichever way that goes, journal will presumably be available worldwide. I will not be paid for this article.
So: who owns cyber-posted remarks when website is commercial and when it isn't; do I need permission from posters who provide names and city/state addresses (all U.S.) and do I need permission from sites?
Helpful: what laws apply to my scholarship while I'm U.S. citizen employed by non-U.S. university trying to publish in U.S. scholarly journals, info taken from the 'net?
And: what, finally, are the rules for ''fair use educational'' use of things other people (professionals or not) have posted on the 'net (not written elsewhere previously?
1 Answer from Attorneys
Re: fair use educational
I would not use the "book reviews" on Amazon for two reasons: One, many people believe they are bogus/written by shills; and two, Amazon is a very litigious company and might sue you even if what you are doing constitutes "fair use." I would look for the same type of material elsewhere. And the best way to use anything authored by someone else is to ask for, and obtain, permission!
Related Questions & Answers
Copyright implications of Selling Images from Books I am currently investigating a... Asked 10/24/04, 8:24 pm in United States Virginia Intellectual Property
Therapeutic use of music As a licensed professional counselor, certified to apply... Asked 10/14/04, 6:35 pm in United States Virginia Intellectual Property
Legal issues with playing music in lobby Hi, I work for a small town bank in which... Asked 12/17/03, 9:10 am in United States Virginia Intellectual Property
Property Release for Calendar I am taking photos for a calendar. The calendar is... Asked 11/30/03, 1:40 pm in United States Virginia Intellectual Property
Photographic copyright My wedding photographer offered for my husband and I to buy... Asked 11/28/03, 4:33 pm in United States Virginia Intellectual Property