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Trystian

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Message Posted On Saturday, November 8th 2008 at 8:03 am
So it's not just me that couldn't find it. Whew! I thought I wasn't looking hard enough.

So as a non-Editor, we can't add the fair use statement to the credits section, which means that we can't post screencaps. That needs to be remedied!
Gadfly
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Message Posted On Saturday, November 8th 2008 at 5:42 pm
On Thursday, November 6th 2008 10:40 pm, Trystian wrote:
Primary Rules:
  1. Do NOT take copywritten screencaps without explicit permission from the official site/network;


All images are copyrighted. Technically, any image from any show is copyrighted to whoever owns the rights to the show.

A fair use statement shouldn't have to be added. "Fair use" as a legal concept exists whether we acknowledge it or not. It doesn't go away just because an editor or non-editor doesn't post boilerplate in the credits (or anywhere else).

A single statement on the site in a central location should cover "fair use." Although even that shouldn't be necessary because again, you can use as many images as you like as "fair use" without saying essentially "Yeah, all images on this site are covered under fair use."
Gadfly
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Message Posted On Monday, November 10th 2008 at 12:03 am
I'd also note that even some admins and high-ranking editors don't include the "fair use" statement in their show credits when they have screencaps.

A large # of show summaries have a screencap image for the show, even if that's the only image. The vast majority of shows with them don't seem to have a Fair Use statement in that show's "Credits" section.

Given that a substantial number of "in-the-know" editors don't bother to list the "fair use" boilerplate under credits, and it's not necessary to state you're using fair use to make fair use of images, it seems kind of unnecessary to list it in credits...
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