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Sounds like you are referring to "fair use" laws. Copyright Law protects "original, creative works of authorship". "Derivative works" are included; so version 2 of my text book or the re-mix of my song or the tv-series based off of my novel are also protected. But the "fair use" doctrine is an exception for works "inspired by" other copyright protected ...


(As you havent specified a country, I will assume UK, others will likely be similar or the same) According to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (https://www.copyrightservice.co.uk/copyright/p01_uk_copyright_law) Restricted acts It is an offence to perform any of the following acts without the consent of the owner: Copy the work. Rent, lend or ...


I'm also not a lawyer, but here's my $0.002 There are two related things happening here, first, the copyright. Yes, he does own the copyright to the photos No, you can't just use them without a licensing agreement, even if you give credit You won't go to jail, but in cases of infringement and you take it to court, you'll have to pay damages, legal fees, ...


To confirm, you should ask for permission to make photos of Russian railroad. Here is web page with information about this (in Russian). Unfortunately I do not find this page in English on the web site. But here is (bad) translation from Russian Procedure for television, video, film and photo opportunities at the facilities of OAO "Russian Railways" ...


Unfortunately, Russian regulations do not allow the use of images of any railway structure for commercial purposes, without permission from Russian Railways.

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