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DG Glossary: Fair Use
DG Glossary: Fair Use

The Fair Use Doctrine, as incorporated into the 1976 Copyright Act, states that “the fair use of a copyrighted work for such purposes as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research is not an infringement of copyright.” Therefore, the Fair Use Doctrine is considered an exception to the monopoly that copyright owners have over the work they create/own when the use by another party is for a valid societal purpose. The fair use doctrine is a defense to a claim of infringement, meaning you cannot invoke this doctrine until someone accuses you of infringement. 

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