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  1. #1
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    Default Compilations of Data

    Is it acceptable to create a guide to a particular genre of films (thus producing an original work of authorship) by collecting and assembling preexisting data (reviews) from a variety of sources without getting permission?

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    Default Re: Compilations of Data

    You mean, paragraphs or articles reviewing a movie? Reviews are not "data". Reviews are somebody else's original work.

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    Default Re: Compilations of Data

    You're right. I meant paragraphs or articles. Actually, I'm talking about descriptions of films and cast lists not opinions.

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    Default Re: Compilations of Data

    A description of a film would not be any different from a review - somebody would own the copyright. Cast lists seem more like any other compilation of data, but be careful of your data source. If you're using an electronic source make sure that your planned use doesn't violate your license or the terms of use.

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