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Posted 10/28/17 , edited 10/28/17
Hey everyone, I am a new blogger and I have tried looking for copyright and such use laws but I haven't found any that refer specificaly to the anime or the wording just confuses me. I was wondering if anyone would know if a blogger that is not monetizing there site, is allowed to use an image of an official anime logo whether posted on crunchyroll or hulu etc.? I also noticed that on some blogs they have screenshots or just images from certain scenes and episodes of an anime, would anyone know if this is legally allowed? Also what would be the proper citation if we are allowed to? Thanks!
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Posted 10/28/17 , edited 10/28/17
I suggest doing some research... do a search for "copyright, trademarks, and fair use". Something to keep in mind, when considering if something is fair use, it doesn't matter if you're "monetizing" your blog or not. This page looks like it has some good info:

http://www.inta.org/INTABulletin/Pages/NotAllIsFair(Use)inTrademarksandCopyrights.aspx
"Some trademarks are protected under copyright laws, and some copyrighted images can function as trademarks as well."

A pretty simple explanation of fair use:
https://jux.law/when-is-trademark-and-copyright-use-considered-fair-use/

Also, learn about the basic differences between copyright, trademarks, and patents:
https://www.uspto.gov/trademarks-getting-started/trademark-basics/trademark-patent-or-copyright (US Patent and Trademark Office)
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Posted 10/28/17 , edited 10/29/17
What country are you from?
sena3927's answer covers copyright issues in the USA but will not be relevant to other jurisdictions. For example, there is no "fair use" protection under UK law.
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Posted 10/28/17 , edited 10/29/17
As a general rule of thumb, no one will care (and you are likely within the law in most places) if:

a) you aren't using someone else's work to sell or promote anything
b) you are only copying a "small" amount--a paragraph, an image, or a screen-shot, for instance (as opposed to a full chapter or a five minute clip)
c) you give proper attribution. In an anime, for instance, listing the anime title and episode number is probably enough, but if you want to do a more formal citation, then you reference a screenshot in the same way you would reference the source it came from; so for a tv show in MLA it would be: “Episode Title.” Program/Series Name. Network. Original Broadcast Date. Medium (AKA website, streaming, television, etc.)
d) You aren't getting millions of hits. (If you start getting millions of hits, consult an attorney)

Most media companies want to promote fan blogs and the like, so as long as you are making a good-faith effort (see above), you shouldn't have a problem.
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Posted 10/30/17 , edited 10/30/17
So is a "Blog" considered "commentary and news reporting" ? and what exactly is a third party considered in the case of anime (ex. is Hulu and Crunchyroll considered third party's if they use the anime logo on there site?) my next question would be if I cite the anime production's company for the logo or simply the site I got it from? Like I said I have tried researching already but it seems complicated and complex to me. I just don't want to get into any trouble and its better to learn when I am starting out than to suffer potential consequences later on.

In addition, I am not necessarily trying to promote any anime or products. I am simply trying to write a review and my thoughts on an anime.

I live in the United States.
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