Can I be sued for using someone else’s work?
The concept of copyright and copyright infringement is complex and often confusing. Absent a statutory exception such as “fair use” one must obtain written permission from
the creator of an original work of authorship to reproduce the creator’s work.
What is Fair Use Doctrine?
The “fair use doctrine” embodied in the U.S.Copyright Act of 1976, as amended, allows for the limited use of another’s original work of authorship, including quotes,. for purposes such as commentary, criticism, news reporting and scholarly reports. But for this exception, any unauthorized use would be an infringement of the author’s copyright in his or her original work of authorship.