February 4, 2015 at 12:45PM

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coyright question/ fiar use

Is it fair use to use a published book as a prop in a film, while also showing a close-up of one of the pages, with a character quoting a line from it?
The book is sort of old, from 1955. It is a manual, not a major work of literature or anything.

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I am not an atty, my guess the answer would be no. You can look up fair use on the web. You can satire things, you can quote for educational purposes, but fair use in my opinion is not a way to circumvent copyright, which is my guess is your purpose. The obvious answer is to consult a copyright atty which should not be too expensive since it will take a couple of minutes to consult.

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