Does anyone know of cases where authors of academic books (monographs, not
textbooks) were sued by film companies for using photo stills as
illustrations without written permission?

Or does "fair use" cover that--along with their use in periodical articles?

What is the current risk in using production photos from films, as academic
book illustrations, without permission?


Mark Pizzato, PhD
Assoc. Prof. of Theatre
Dept. of Dance and Theatre
Charlotte, NC 28223
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