Copyright images on blog

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stanleymoles
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Copyright images on blog

Post by stanleymoles » Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:25 pm

Hi
I run a blog and a friend warned me I might be wise to check copyright. In one example, I have a free to read article on my site which uses an image from an episode of the X Files. I never thought anything of it, it fits nicely and I loved the program, so I used it! But now I am wondering if that was a mistake and may breach copyright, and if I am liable for being sued by someone? Can anyone offer some thoughts please?

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Re: Copyright images on blog

Post by AndyJ » Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:47 pm

Hi stanley,

Assuming that there is no connection between the text of the article and the X Files episode then it would be advisible to remove the image. However if the article is critiquing the X Files, or possibly the reviewing the work of an actor or director etc involved in the scene portrayed in the image, then using it to illustrate a point you wish to make would be fair dealing (see section 30 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988), provided that you also credit the image as being from the show.
Advice or comment provided here is not and does not purport to be legal advice as defined by s.12 of Legal Services Act 2007

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Re: Copyright images on blog

Post by stanleymoles » Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:00 pm

Interesting, thanks very much. and No, I am not critiquing so I don't think Fair Use would apply, best remove it!
Thanks again

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