Laws regarding meme use?

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Do memes fall under the same laws as other images? If I find a meme with no source to cite, can I use it? Do I need to create my own memes? This is for business use.
#laws #meme
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  • Profile picture of the author Seemore25101
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    • Profile picture of the author DABK
      I am not a lawyer, either. I'm going to go on a limb and say it's a lousy idea to use them without owning the copyright to them.

      Originally Posted by Seemore25101 View Post

      Ask a lawyer. I work at a law firm. If you need advice, pm me.

      You should not be getting legal advice on here.

      I am NOT a lawyer and so cannot give you any legal advice whatsoever, but I can put you in touch with one.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    It's an odd situation because a meme is covered by copyright but many who create them don't protect the copyright....because they WANT the meme distributed.

    A meme that is protected and guarded from 'copyright violation' is a meme that will never be viral or even very popular.
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    it is so simple to create a meme so why would anyone want to steal one

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    • Profile picture of the author Ivan2b
      Actually people are stealing today many kind of things for which they are not even sure if they can take it or not.
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  • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
    If the images are under copyright, the addition of some random text doesn't remove that copyright.

    Sharing memes recreationally is one thing - using them for business purposes is another matter. Personally, I wouldn't risk it.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    Under the US' Copyright law's fair use provisions, you can use others' work provided it's part of COMMENTARY

    now if you're just going to take someone's image and share it as is, you're not protected

    but if you were to include a short commentary (not on the image graphic itself but on the side of the image), you should be okay

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  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    I've read good arguments on both sides. Copyright law in the US isn't black and white. Fair use can cover things like satire and humor.
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    • Profile picture of the author funnelsoptimizer
      Law in the US diverse from state to state even related to the copyright issues. You should read some general laws which are common for everyone.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    I honestly don't think anyone on here could give you a full answer (no offence to anyone)
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  • Profile picture of the author superowid
    For business use? NO! Don't risk your business for just a meme.

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  • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
    Of course, misappropriating images is wrong, but I doubt that anyone has ever been sued over a meme. There should be a meme for that.

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  • Profile picture of the author zxcvbnm
    upload with VPN under an alias. For maximum privacy use tor and don't use your regular email.

    then you can upload whatever you want.
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