Legalities of using short TV clips in your web series

Hello All,
First time filmmaker here. We’re starting with releasing our web series on Youtube. I’m having trouble finding consistent information on the legalities of using short TV clips in our web series. Some people say you can use these clips if their less than 5 seconds, some say 20 seconds, etc.

Do any of your experienced producers out there know what the restrictions are? Also, does anyone links can answer legal/copyright questions similar to this in the future?

Thanks so much guys!
Have a great day :smiley:

Here’s an old thread with an embedded video about fair use and copyright!

Go to YouTube Video and search: “MICHAEL DONALDSON” “COPYRIGHT”. He is among the top copyright and fair use attorneys in the country and has great books available as well. His focus is fair use and documentaries so it is likely more liberal that a scripted / entertainment format. My understanding in the scripted / entertainment arena a clip can be used if it is for social commentary and not for commercial purpose in its own right. Length is subjective but MUST support social commentary vs elevating the entertainment value of your work.

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