Am I allowed to use YouTube videos, movie posters and videogames screenshots?
I am Dian Ara, a blogger from Indonesia. On my blog (dianaraquest.wordpress.com) I share book reviews, movie reviews, videogames reviews as well as personal journals. I am a noob about internet law, especially copyright law. Recently I stumbled upon Creative Commons. I was captivated by the idea of free sharing culture so I decided to put an Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) license on my blog. It means (please CMIIW) everyone is allowed to share, to remix, and to use my blog posts for both personal and commercial, under 2 conditions: They have to attribute to me, and if they alter, transform, or build upon the posts, they must have the same license as mine.
This led to another striking question: What if those videogames screenshots, movie posters, book covers and trailers (YouTube videos) that I have been using for my reviews are all copyright infringement? They are not mine, and they are not licensed the same as my license, amirite? :|
I have been spending this week to browse through my older posts. Editing them one by one, deleting images and pictures I had taken from random search result on Google Images. I have replaced some with CC BY-SA 3.0-licensed pictures from Flickr. My effort is still halfway through, and I am concerned about these posts:
<h2>A Must Watch: Shirokuma Cafe</h2>
On that post I embedded some fan-made YouTube videos, with scenes home-recorded from the anime. Am I allowed to embed such non-official videos?
<h2>Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I</h2>
I used the movie poster as the post’s image, but I never asked permission from Warner Bros. (the movie’s publisher). Am I allowed to do so?
<h2>Co-Op Gaming Done Right, Resident Evil 5 Changed My Life</h2>
On this post I use screenshots taken directly from the game. They are not screenshots officially released by Capcom, and I definitely did not ask for their permission. Am I allowed to do so?
I googled about copyright law and fair use, but frankly, those legal wordings confused me. If you don’t mind explaining this to me, thank you very much. And have a fun day. :)
Blog url: http://dianaraquest.wordpress.com/
The blog I need help with is dianaraquest.wordpress.com.
To be honest, these are probably questions for a lawyer familiar with the laws of your country.
Hmm. I’m not really sure if we have specific laws regulating the internet. -.-
I should have asked about “The Ethics of Blogging” instead. :’))
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