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Fair Dealing

‘Fair dealing’ is a legal term used to establish whether a use of copyright material is lawful or whether it infringes copyright. There is no statutory definition of fair dealing - it will always be a matter of fact, degree and impression in each case. The question to be asked is: how would a fair-minded and honest person have dealt with the work?

Factors that have been identified by the courts as relevant in determining whether a particular dealing with a work is fair, include:

 The relative importance of any one factor will vary according to the case in hand and the type of dealing in question.

 How much can I copy from books or journals?

 The following upper limits are interpreted as reasonable for private study or non-commercial research by a number of organisations, including the British Library:

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