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Staying Legal: A Guide to Copyright and Trademark Use by Francine Ward

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Lesson 7:Fair Use and Public Domain

Understanding Fair Use

Among the rights granted a copyright owner is the right to reproduce the work and the right to authorize others to reproduce the work. To create a balance between the rights of the copyright owner and the need for the public to have free access to creative works, the law places limitations on a copyright holder’s exclusive right to prevent reproduction of his or her work. This is called the fair use doctrine and is used as a defense when someone is sued for copyright infringement. This principle was developed over time through courts deciding what is and what is not considered a fair and valid use of someone’s copyright-protected work.

Contrary to popular belief, not every use is a ...

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