Chapter 4

Limitations on Copyrights: The Chili Pepper of Copyright


If all the copyright law did was grant rights to authors, our task would be simple, because any copying would require advance permission and a user would always have to seek approval to use even small portions of a work. However, while the granting of rights is broad and quite inclusive, there exists a series of statutory limitations to those grants. Within the parameters of these limitations lies much play and much confusion. In all, the limitations represent the chili pepper of copyright law, which creates the spicy intellectual mix.

Fair Use

The most important limitation in copyright law is fair use. Fair use is a defensive claim that can negate a charge of infringement. ...

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