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Fair Dealing/Fair Use

Published 01.01.06 at 09:30

'Fair dealing' was introduced into UK law under the Design and Copyright Act 1988. It is a rigid legal format whose key terms must be observed. Copyright material can only be used under fair dealing for the purpose of criticism and review of that work or the reporting of a news event. The material must be used fairly (see Time Warner Entertainment co v Channel Four Television Corp Plc 1994 EMLR 7 for definitions). It should not be confused with 'fair use', a more liberal doctrine under US law, which for example allows parody as a fair use.

The Glossary of IP Terms was prepared by Sarah Andrew of Arts Council England.

Photo credit: TooFarNorth


Please note that this article discusses the legal position in the UK at the time of publication. It provides general information only but is not to be regarded as legal advice. You must take advice from a specialist lawyer in relation to your specific circumstances. Further, you should seek additional legal advice when dealing with parties based in other parts of the world or works originating from other parts of the world as the legal position may vary.


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