|Answer these three questions to help decide whether you need permission to use someone else’s work.|
Is the work you want to use protected by copyright?
The presence or absence of a copyright notice no longer carries the significance it once did because the law no longer requires a notice. Older works published without a notice may be in the public domain, but for works created after March 1, 1989, absence of a notice means virtually nothing.
"Freely use" means that it is not a violation of copyright to reuse the work in a new context, but it still must be cited.
|If you answered "no" to question #1, you need go no further;
if yes, proceed to question #2.
If the work is protected by copyright, do you wish to exercise one of the owner’s exclusive rights?
|If what you want to do with the work in question involves any of the above (and it’s hard to imagine it wouldn’t) then proceed to question #3.|
Is your use of the work exempt or excused from liability for infringement?
If one of these exemptions applies to your situation, you are in the clear;