Q&A: Using Movie Clips on a Blog

From Reddit /u/VishnuMohanlal:

Question

Can I Use Screenshots Of Movies And TV Shows In My Review Blog Under Fair Usage? If It Is Illegal, How To Legally Use It?

Response

If you are commenting on or criticizing the clips or screenshots, that’s pretty much the purpose of fair use. So I would think you’d be pretty safe. But there are bounds. For example, you can’t play a whole movie and then say “That was a pretty good movie” and have that count as commentary under fair use. Fair use is not black and white.

This one’s short and sweet! Let me know if you have a question!

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