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Fair Use & Reuse of Other's Published Materials

What is "Fair Use" of materials?

As specified by the US Copyright Code, in determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include — 

  1. the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
  2. the nature of the copyrighted work;
  3. the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
  4. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.


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