This might seem like a silly question, but I have to be sure. If I pause, for example, a Tom and Jerry episode and take a screenshot (because, let's say, I want to have a picture of Tom chasing Jerry in my hub), is it OK? If it is, how do I mention the source of the image?
I read that screenshots from video games are acceptable, but I don't know if this applies to cartoons, movies, documentaries, etc and to what extent.
Taking a screen shot from a video is not legal to use unless the film is in the public domain.
You can use images of Tom and Jerry that are in the public domain. http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=pub … ORM=HDRSC2
I don't see any problem with that, as long as you credit the Tom & Jerry program. I haven't done screen shots for this purpose on the computer, but I have paused my TV, then taken a photo of the TV screen. I used a shot like that from an episode of Fixer-Upper on HGTV in a blog post. I credited it by saying what I had done, and what TV program it was from. It's in one of the first few posts on my blog Down Hibiscus Lane on Wordpress, if you are interested in seeing how I worded it. Good luck with this.
Copyright and fair use:
http://www.gcflearnfree.org/useinformat … r-use/full
"In short, it's better to do what's right than to risk violating copyright and fair use laws. Even if you think what you're doing is not a big deal, the copyright holder may disagree. If someone requests that you remove his or her materials from your work, you should do so immediately. Otherwise, you can suffer serious consequences, including:
* Having your website shut down if your work is published online—like on a blog—after the copyright holder complains to your hosting service
* Getting sued by the copyright holder"
Thank you, I will read the rules. I had a feeling this might be the case. I searched for photos of cartoon characters (plus characters from anime) in the public domain and on other websites with free photos, but I couldn't find much...
Just an idea, you could use Tom and Jerry images from Amazon.
A poster might work for what you need.
What if I draw them and then take pictures of the drawings? Is this illegal?
That could still violate the copyright.
Disney, for example, has been known to sue preschools who paint Disney characters on the walls and that wasn't something that it searchable online.
Tom and Jerry was created in 1940 and is not in the public domain.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_ … ension_Act
Copyright keeps getting extended each time Mickey Mouse is about to go into the public domain.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the … -it-again/
Oh, I didn't know about these ardent debates concerning the copyright laws. It seems that Mickey, Tom and Jerry will stay away from the public domain. I will read the articles.
Wow, Disney suing preschools. Boy, does that speak volumes.
One more question. Does this apply to all animated movies and cartoons? For example am I allowed to draw characters from Sailor Moon and other anime?
Anything that has been created in art, music or writing is copyrighted in some manner. So I would avoid redrawing characters that are commercialized. You can probably find images that have been loaded onto a creative commons site (those are legal to use and must be cited as the source). YouTube might still be a good choice for the anime images, too - somebody may have created a video about them, or discussing them.
With YouTube, watch for anything that is clearly a commercial video - that will get flagged on HP and you'll need to change it out.
I just did a search on Zazzle for Tom and Jerry posters, and found a nice collection of images. Zazzle has a contract with Disney. So, you could use any of the Disney products. And, you might make some sales if you have an affiliate's account on Zazzle.
Edited: I did a search on AllPosters for Disney, and there are Tom and Jerry images available on posters there. Once again an affiliates account might bring in some commissions.
Reproducing the characters in a drawing would likely also violate copyright laws (it would be like using writing that isn't your own, even if you put it in your own words).
Have you considered finding those characters on YouTube? Just about everything is on YouTube now. You might need a different image for the main photo capsule, but YouTube could possibly fill in other capsules.
If you're discussing art or drawing (not sure what your topic is), consider using images of a hand drawing on a piece of paper. You'll find images like that in public domain spots.
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