Forums > Senate Hall archive > Transcripts?

As a member of another large fan wiki (not of the same subject), I came here for inspiration, I love this place and all the microanalytical details from spinoffs! I was just wondering, one thing I did search for but couldn't find was fan transcripts of the movies, the ultimate canon. Is this a copyright issue that keeps you from being able to post such things on a fan wiki? Thanks and keep up the good work. -- 13:57, 3 February 2007 (UTC)

  • Yeah, I believe it's against copyrights. Go to google and search for "Star Wars" script and I'm sure you'll get plenty of results. —Xwing328(Talk) 23:27, 3 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Thanks for the reply, Xwing. The way we resolve it on our site is that we have talked with Disney lawyers, and they say that use of screencaptures and fan transcriptions can be used under the cover of "fair use" so long as they are for educational/non-commercial purposes. We then put a disclaimer at the top that they are "represent one viewer's secondhand experience" of the show (not to be confused with a truly canon prospective script), not to be reproduced for profit. Lucasfilms may be different. -- 02:15, 4 February 2007 (UTC)
    • Disney actually let you do that? Wow. I feel we're already pushing fair use enough here as it is. I don't want to go to far with it. —Xwing328(Talk) 16:15, 4 February 2007 (UTC)
      • I think it's not so much a matter of them coming right out and saying "we'll let you guys do it", as they reiterated the rules on fair use, and we decide ourselves which side of the fine line we tread on. Since we make it very clear that we are a fan wiki and not for commercial gain and we have disclaimers everywhere, ABC/Disney has never given us problems (I think it's a mutual agreement to look the other way, since we give them free promotion), and they and the writers in public news have actually given our site a little shout out. It's certainly pretty different from a copy of the actual (prospective) script from the show getting into a spoiler-hounds hands, and then have us post it online. When you think of it, use of screencaptures is along the same vein. -- 16:20, 4 February 2007 (UTC)
        • Film screenshots, covers, and single comic panels all fall under the Fair Use License Agreement. Disney may be a little more chincy about what they release but then they're like that with everything (see the so called Disney vault). You would wonder why Disney wouldn't want people promoting their name and their creations to the world. But if they're promoting you guys, then I guess there is no problem. LFL would be the same way but they might not recognize us. -- Riffsyphon1024 17:58, 4 February 2007 (UTC)
          • There's no such thing as a "Fair Use License Agreement." There's merely a law that allows for fair use to occur, and that law is pretty vague; none of those things are *always* Fair Use, but are when the right constellation of other factors are sufficient (stuff like whether or not we're making money from it, or how our product conceivably affects theirs, or whether we're using a substantial or critical element of their work in ours). jSarek 02:01, 5 February 2007 (UTC)

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