Sorry. I misspelled TrippyHippy's username. Wow, that was really dumb of me.Sure. China doesn't give a crap. A future Mars colony might not. In the US and Western Europe, the point stands. If you really want to argue that there are places on the planet where the point doesn't stand, then sure. Yawn, but sure. It doesn't make for good legal advice.
You're wrong. It is. "Probably" or not (and "probably" has no place here). However, it is overlooked. You can't distribute copyrighted work. The exception is items marked for reproduction for personal use, which the Basic Rules PDF is not.
You were replying to my post, not his.
How about this: what do you think about a book publisher who reproduces a concert poster without the copyright owners permission? The publisher is publishing a book detailing the history of a rock band and goes to the owner of the copyright on the poster to get a license. License negotiations break down and the publisher goes ahead an reproduces the poster in their book without a license. Do you think that's legal?
For the answer, see Bill Graham Archives v. Dorling Kindersley Ltd. 448 F. 3d 605 - Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, 2006
The court relied on the U.S. Supreme Court case Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., 510 US 569 for their analysis. The factors come from 17 USC §107.
Sometimes you can copy things without permission. Sometimes permission is implied. These are legal facts. Usually, you need permission and that permission needs to be explicit. But there are exceptions.