Brooklyn, NY asked in Copyright for New York

Q: I want to write a book using the show "Brain Games." Do I need the show's permission, even if the show is on YouTube?

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Giselle Ayala Mateus
Giselle Ayala Mateus
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: It is unclear what you mean "using" the show. If you are doing a critique about the show or commenting about it, this could be considered fair use, and you would be free to write the book without doing much legal diligence. On the other hand, fair use requires more information and analysis. Additionally, a show usually has many types of intellectual property protected under the law. Thus, in order to guide an attorney needs additional information to tell you whether you are in risk or not. THIS IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE.

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