The ebook will be a compilation of Fan facts and trivia. some part of the book i will be using images from DC characters. Would i need to ask permission to dc in order to use the images or do i just need to state that in the copyright section of the book? thanks.

  • You will need to ask permission – mmmmmm Oct 9 '16 at 9:01
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is a legal question that can only be answered by a lawyer who generally can't answer on the internet – mmmmmm Oct 9 '16 at 9:03
  • Apart from the legalities, you should consider working on your English before doing such a thing. If you write the way you do, with inappropriate lowercase and leaving out punctuation marks, you often get a completely different meaning ( "helping your Uncle, Jack, off a horse" ). – Anthon Oct 9 '16 at 9:55
  • This is a common and important question in ebook publishing. – idiotprogrammer Oct 10 '16 at 17:18

There is no simple yes or no answer, but there are some online tests to help determine whether it is fair use.


http://fairuse.stanford.edu/charts-and-tools/#digital_images http://librarycopyright.net/resources/fairuse/

Also, you should check the law stack exchange which discuss fair use issues like this: https://law.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/fair-use

I would check the DC site to see if they have any official statement about granting of such use.

I am not a lawyer, but my guess is that limited use of reduced-size or reduced quality images is acceptable as fair use as long as it doesn't detract from the property's economic value.

I think it would help to mention on the copyright page that the images were copyrighted and (often) trademarked by DC Comics.

Often with fair use, even though a publisher may feel that the use of the images constitutes fair use, they may seek permission anyway just to avoid the possibility of lawsuit. I'm guessing that DC comics might refuse permission as a blanket rule though....

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