Describing a video or image in words

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keith_12345
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Describing a video or image in words

Post by keith_12345 » Sat Jan 21, 2017 9:15 am

If I described a video or image in words, in my own work, in detail, is it copyright infringement?

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Post by AndyJ » Sat Jan 21, 2017 4:06 pm

Hi Keith,

No, that would be fine. Obviously if the video had dialogue you should not quote too much of the actual words used (the usual fair dealing rules apply), but just summarising in your own words would not involve copying of any part of the expression in the other work, just its idea. We covered that dichotomy in an earlier thread.
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How about plots of films?

Post by keith_12345 » Sat Jan 21, 2017 5:32 pm

If I described a film plot in words and in detail after watching the film, would that be copyright infringement?

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Post by AndyJ » Sat Jan 21, 2017 11:16 pm

Hi Keith,

No, as I said above. that would not infringe copyright. You would be describing the idea which is not itsaelf protected.
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