West Chester, OH asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Ohio

Q: Under fair use, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit org permitted to use copyrighted images in a YT video for educational purpose?

I'm talking about still (not moving) images, obtained without a license, in a video work that criticizes religious or political developments for the sake of advancing public knowledge, without any profit motive whatsoever, and without any financial gain.

1 Lawyer Answer
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: If you are sued for infringement, fair use would be your defense in court. But the outcome would depend on all the facts and evidence submitted to the court. Sometimes the person with the most money to spend on litigation wins. If the court finds it is an infringement, and not a fair use, it can order the infringer to pay the copyright owner's legal fees. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local copyright attorney to review all the facts and advise you.

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