Using material that has a copyright in a database
- July 22, 2010 @ 9:19pmzfisher323 says:I've been searching the web for a couple of hours, but I can't seem to phrase the question right:
If I want to create a database of something that has a copyright, does that fall under the facts are free umbrella?
For example, I want to create a free iphone application that is simply a checklist for collectible toy. This toy line happens to have figures from marvel and star wars, so I would need to list them in the application. Can I legally do that since I am simply presenting facts (using names like Spider-Man, etc, in the process)?
Thanks for any advice!
- July 23, 2010 @ 12:19pmJanetCroft says:I don't know for sure, but -- eBay lists brands names of items for sale, so going by that model I'd say yes. Also there are plenty of print versions of checklists for collectors. If you included pictures, you'd be getting into more dangerous territory.
- July 23, 2010 @ 12:44pmzfisher323 says:As long as the images are taken by myself of the figures (and not drawings, etc), would that still fall into a safe category?
- August 9, 2010 @ 12:18pmJanetCroft says:Well, there you start getting into the trademarked appearance of the figurines. Trademark is a bit out of my area -- maybe smeopne else can pick this up?
- November 18, 2010 @ 2:56pmJanetCroft says:All post including advertising links will be removed, no matter how relevant to the topic.
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