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Copyright Fair Use

Fair Use: The Four Factors

How is fair use determined? A determination of fair use generally occurs during an infringement suit.

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Fair Use: It's a Defense to Copyright Infringement

It was the intent of the drafters of the Constitution that copyright law would encourage creativity.

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Fair Use: What is Transformative?

In 1994, the Supreme Court reviewed a case involving a rap group, 2 Live Crew.

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Using Works in the Public Domain: No Need to Get Permission

When a work is no longer protected under copyright law, it is said to be "in the public domain." Most works enter the public domain because their copy...

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Using Videotape in the Classroom Without Violating Copyright Law

Usually teachers may tape TV programs and show them to students without violating copyright law if they follow a set of guidelines called the "Guideli...

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When You Need Permission to Sample Others' Music

If you use samples in your commercially released music, you often need legal permission -- referred to as sample clearance. Failure to get the proper ...

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How to Obtain Sample Clearance

If you plan to use samples in your musical compositions, you may need to get permission to avoid legal trouble. Unfortunately, getting permission is n...

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The 'Fair Use' Rule: When Use of Copyrighted Material is Acceptable

Fair use is a copyright principle based on the belief that the public is entitled to freely use portions of copyrighted materials for purposes of comm...

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Determining the Length of Copyright Protection

How long does copyright last? That depends on when the work was created and who created it. Here are some guidelines.

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