When Is Copying From The Internet Unlawful?

Law360, New York (November 12, 2009, 1:04 PM EST) -- Anyone with Internet access can use copyrighted material — without authorization — and draw inspiration from a seemingly endless source of content. A simple search on Google reveals images from websites like Facebook, MySpace, and Flickr, providing numerous sources from which to create new works of art.

With a click on “copy,” copyright infringement could occur. Luckily for some, the “fair use” doctrine defense is available. And if their new work of art is “transformative,” they are more likely to avoid liability. For those, however, whose...
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