Hi guys, I thought this is probably the right place to write this, so I will begin.
I run The Simpsons Comics Site and have a few questions that the good people of The No Homers Club could answer.
The question is really based on copyright and what you can and can't do as I would like to be doing the right thing and take down what I'm not allowed to have.
As I review the comics (with the front and possible back cover images) and show samples of amusing comic quotes (images from the comic), I thought to myself if I was able to use these images.
So, I started reading Bongo's Terms and Condition on their website (yes, I read it all) and what I found was:
1. You can't put a link on YOUR site to theirs without their prior approval (as stated in 1.11). So, next update, I'm taking down their links.
2. It states (1.2), "You may not reproduce, distribute, publish, transmit, modify, adapt, translate, display, sell, license, publicly perform, prepare derivative works based upon, or otherwise use or exploit the Content. You further agree that you will not disassemble, decompile, reverse engineer, or otherwise modify the Content."
That's the part that is concerning, considering I am publishing the covers and comic quotes.
The question I ask is, are you allowed to have the comic covers on a site or comic samples? I see a few other sites showcasing them as well.
I recall there was even a showcase of fan sites for the comics in an issue of Futurama, so surely it's fine, right?
I sent them an email outlining my concerns, but I never got a reply. That was a few months ago.