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TITLE 17  CHAPTER 1  § 107

§ 107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use

Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include—

(1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;

(2) the nature of the copyrighted work;

(3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and

(4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors


So many times I have watched a movie and known that I've seen that exact scene or story somewhere else before. Sometimes it would bother me that it could be such a blatant rip-off and yet was allowed to be made. Other times, it was so good it really didn't matter to me that it was a rip-off. Either way, I always wondered who else knew it was a rip-off. Other than visiting various forums and such there was no way to really talk about it on a large scale in one place.

Everyone I've talked to at some point has said "oh that's a rip-off of so and so" about something, whether it be movies, shows, songs, etc. I know I have always wanted to share with others some of the things I have noticed and I'm sure others out there have felt the same way. So I decided to create Rip-Off or Not. Sometimes the assumption that something is a rip-off can just be a misunderstanding, while other times it is a legitimate concern. This website is designed to let everyone voice their opinions and knowledge, then vote on it.

Though I'm a movie person, I know that must happen in other mediums like music, videogames, advertisements, etc. So, while the site is primarily movies now, I hope soon, with your help, it will expand into many other categories, all of which you will be able to vote on.

Thank you and happy voting,




Any names, images , clips etc. are used under the provisions of sections 106 and 106a for Fair Use. (as stated in left panel) 

Rip-Off or Not does not claim to be the final word on any of the topics or categories listed.

Sometimes a movie, a scene, a design, a song, etc. might seem similar to an existing piece, but this does not mean it is a rip-off. On some occasions the existing piece might’ve been the inspiration, while others, the new piece is a type of homage to the original. Either way we realize that the development of a film, series, album etc. is a long and complicated process that requires teamwork from many talented people.

The results are based strictly on opinion, however Rip-Off or Not does not try to convince anyone of one opinion over another.  This site is designed to let the viewers decide by letting them cast their vote.

Ultimately, this site is for fun and entertainment, but it’s also meant to promote interest in films, music, and other forms of entertainment as well as the creative process behind them.


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