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The legal issue you inquired about is called trademark fair use. These icons are trademarked and therefore are protected. However, according to trademark law a non-owner may use a trademark nominatively in order to refer to the actual trademarked product or its source, to facilitate product criticism and analysis. United States trademark law actually encourages nominative usage by competitors in the form of comparative advertising.
There would be three considerations to the use of the icons:
I don't totally follow what you are saying. Should I use only stock image versions that are like the icons but not the actually exact branded icons or can I use them somehow? John
this is not a case of stock image or not. One can use the actual icons if you are discussing the service
if you are discussing FB service you can use the icons that FB put out. Note that the use is limited in nature and generally should be used in the context of the identification of the services
BTW, you can use the logos and the icons as long as your use is nominative. Meaning it is a minor part of your work and is meant to identify the company/service you are discussing
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So can I use it facebook, twitter and Google plus icons on the front cover of an ebook or is that too intensive?
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