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In my answer to the question Comment traduire « To be on fire » ?, I noticed Gilles added an image reference to the cartoon Asterix.

Which is totally appropriate, and as a matter of fact I wanted to add the exact same image myself, but I felt that adding a copyrighted image would not be allowed by the license used for the SE sites.

Was I wrong, and if so, how?

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As far as I understand, fair use (the US legal doctrine for uses that are permitted of a work covered by copyright) does allow such an illustration, which does not detract the audience of the cited work.

Evpok is right, I should have added the attribution — especially as the intent is to entice readers into reading Astérix, which is an icon of French culture and an interesting and funny source of insights into the French language.

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According to the US legislation, I think it could be considered as fair use. According to the French Code de la propriété intellectuelle

Lorsque l'oeuvre a été divulguée, l'auteur ne peut interdire : […] 3° Sous réserve que soient indiqués clairement le nom de l'auteur et la source :

a) Les analyses et courtes citations justifiées par le caractère critique, polémique, pédagogique, scientifique ou d'information de l'oeuvre à laquelle elles sont incorporées

So as long as the author's name and the source are mentionned (wich is not the case as I write) I don't think it infringes copyright. But I am not a legist.

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