Recently we had a question that uses a gif to describe what happens when a caster acts.
The gif was made from an excerpt from Dragonball, and I don't see how it is fair use. In fact, none of the fair use factors but one is in the favor of the commenter:
- The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes
This is not good: We don't satisfy teaching if we don't discuss the subject matter of the picture but merely use it illustratively! In fact, the case of Masi v Mythical Entertainment was a very* strong one, where the lawyer pursuing the case dropped the ball for non-prosecution. But you can take an actual lawyer's words on that case:
[describes things that could be discussed about the photograph.] They are talking about the subject of the photograph [by a 3rd party], not a photo of the prison by the prison. [4:26]
- The nature of the copyrighted wor
Anime is a work of fiction and art. Both are not facts, which is against the user.
- The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
This is a factor that might swing in favor of the user: it s a small portion, but this is also a scene that was used as the heart of about 3 episodes, which cuts against the user... so neutral?
- The effect of the use upon the potential market for, or value of, the copyrighted work
Luckily, it is not usurping the market for Dragonball, but making people interested in the whole content is not positive for the user, so... not so good either. However, this cuts for the user, so a win here.
As a result, there is possibly fair use here, even if possibly narrowly.
I raised that problem with a flag, which was deemed helpful, but then nothing happened. So please Stack:
Should we formally disallow merely illustrative pictures for they can put us in very hot copyright waters or have some requirements as to their usage?
For example, should there be some kind of Guideline FAQ that elaborates on when or what we'd like to see accompanying an illustrative picture? Do we want to offer a bright line? Or offer