Movie Monsters, The Grateful Dead… And Fair Use Even In Commercial Use

Movie Monsters, The Grateful Dead… And Fair Use Even In Commercial Use

from the good-news-for-fair-use dept

There’s some good news on the fair use front. Many people seem to falsely believe that if a work is used for commercial purposes it cannot be fair use. They think fair use only applies to non-commercial efforts. But that’s not true. Commercial use is factored into the analysis, but just because it’s commercial does not mean that it’s not fair use. A few years ago, an important case made this point, involving Grateful Dead concert posters that were used in a book. The Bill Graham Archives, who owned the posters in question, claimed that because the book was published commercially, it wasn’t fair use. But the court ruled that even though the images were used commercially, and even though they were used in their entirety without modification, the fact that they were used in the context of a book describing the history of the band, made it fair use.

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