Fair Use Policy


Fair use is a common law doctrine which is now codified in Section 107 of the Copyright Act of 1976.  The purpose of the doctrine is to balance the goals of copyright protection with the rights of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and other societal and public policy interests.

The Copyright Act provides for limitations on the exclusive rights granted to authors for certain purposes including criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research.  17 U.S.C. § 107.

It is our policy to respect the rights and wishes of copyright owners and, whenever possible, we will obtain permission for the use of a protected work.  However, in certain circumstances, it is appropriate under the doctrine of fair use for us to post an image or text without the author’s permission when it relates to an issue, event, or work that is part of a legal controversy or is otherwise related to the subject of an article.

If an image or text is posted, it is because we believe there is a legitimate fair use justification for doing so.  We will make every effort to avoid using more of a work than is necessary to achieve our purpose.  We will also avoid use of a work which would in any way supplant the original work in the market or otherwise reduce the value of the copyrighted work.

The Brand is a non-commercial, educational site which is not affiliated with any corporation or manufacturer. The Brand does not feature advertisements of any kind.

Protected trademarks or service marks may appear on this site in connection with articles about the marks themselves or the owners of the marks.  Great care will be taken to ensure that these marks are not used in such a way as to imply endorsement by the mark owner of either the content of the article or of the website in general.