Obviously, while the articles and posts do have useful info in them, research data, especially those involving user surveys, provide the most useful data.
Now, to what extent can I use the research data?
For example, the research cites top 5 reasons to use the software, lists them in the proper order and shows the percentage of users that have selected the option:
Top 5 Widgets People Like:
1. Blue Buzzing Widgets: 47%
2. Red Bouncing Widgets 23%
3. Green Twirling widgets 15%
4. Brightly Glowing Widgets 9%
5. Black Widgets 6%
Now, if I were to only list the reasons (the types of widgets) in my article and expand the list with more options, would that fall into the fair use category or it'd be the actual research data that was paid for and gathered from the users?
All in all, I will be mentioning and linking to the researches I have used, of course. In fact, that can also be a separate post in itself.
P.S. I did read a thread about fair use and news articles and plan on reading the fair use links, but I think this is a pretty borderline case.
Edited by A.N.Onym, 29 April 2008 - 11:55 PM.