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Is is legal to make a movie fansite?

Discussion in 'Legal Issues' started by Bobbx, Mar 7, 2014.

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    I would like to make a movie fansite, but I am not sure if it is legal to use the movie's name, images, gifs from the movie and things like that.
    I would like to place 1-2 adsense units on the site (and maybe an Amazon affiliate unit) to make some revenue.
    SEMrush
    So is it legal to place Adsense ads on a site like this? Is it even legal to own a site like this?
     
    Bobbx, Mar 7, 2014 IP
    SEMrush
  2. legalbrain

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    I am a Technology and IP Lawyer and it is not Illegal to make a fansite however it must be obvious it is not an official fansite, like having in bracket beside the title " (not Official), you can then place adsense ads.
     
    legalbrain, Mar 17, 2014 IP
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    Bobbx Active Member

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    Thank you very much! Are you sure that it won't be a problem that I am using copyrighted material? (I mean images, quotes, gifs) I read everywhere that Adsense ads can not be placed on a site with copyrighted material. That's why I am totally puzzled. I really don't want to lose my Adsense account, because this is my only income.
     
    Bobbx, Mar 17, 2014 IP
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    You're allowed to use promotional materials such as images quotes and gifs. Also, if you're going to be using video, make sure you embed something from youtube instead of posting bits from the film yourself.
    As legalbrain said, be sure to state somewhere that the fan page is not official.
     
    YJunK, Mar 18, 2014 IP
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    Dave Zan Well-Known Member

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    When you use copyrighted material, it is advisable to seek the permission, however it is not so practical, but you could get a bargain by providing credits to the owner, it will also depend on how much of the copyrighted information will contribute to the site etc.
    Another aspect is you can use the free resources available.
     
    legalbrain, Mar 19, 2014 IP