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If I post a photo of a candy bar on my website, with brand and other text clearly legible, would I be violating any copyright laws?

Asked by molave (147points) August 7th, 2008

Let’s say I just wanted to write a blog entry about how much I like (or dislike) an everyday grocery item. Could I include in my post an original photo of that product? Let’s assume what I write is “safe” from a legal standpoint. I’m just wondering about the picture.

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PupnTaco's avatar

You’re fine. This would fall under “fair use” – showing a copyrighted product in an editorial context.

steelmarket's avatar

If you use the image (and so the name) to promote yourself or your products (such as your site), you can get into trouble. If you just want to show your love of Snickers, you are OK.

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

If you take the picture yourself, you’re free and clear. If you snarf the picture from a source that explicitly prohibits re-use, you’re opening yourself up to trouble – if the copyright owner notices or actually cares. There is so much image capture on the web that you’d have to really tick someone off for anything to come of it.

McHobbes's avatar

Notice Steelmarket’s uninhibited use of the word “snickers” on this website. Same rules apply. There’s no real personal gain on his part… just talking about candy bars using there trademarked name.

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