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Is there an exeemption under copyright law for use of images

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Is there an exeemption under copyright law for use of images for "parody, caricature and pastiche", and if so, would it cover using images from a database such as Bing Images in a mobile phone app? The intention would be to produce rebuses (picture/word puzzles).
JA: What written documentation do you have?
Customer: This is a preliminary inquiry so nothing.
JA: Have you talked to a local attorney? Has anything been filed in court?
Customer: No. This is an original idea, arising from my hobby of producing rebus puzzles purely for use among friends. It's been suggested that it could be an online puzzle app.
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: No thanks.
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  JGM replied 6 months ago.

There is a parody exception to the copyright legislation. Can you explain a little more what you are trying to do please.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I was just about to send one of my rebus puzzles as an example when your reply came. They are visual puzzles made up of pictures which form a word or phrase. For a bonfire night selection I included one which was simply a picture of a sausage -- the answer is "banger" (of course). I can see this working well as a mobile phone app.
Expert:  JGM replied 6 months ago.

I think I am starting to understand that. What images are you actually copying?