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Fair dealing

In order to try to achieve balance and to enable fair use of an ‘in copyright’ work, the Act provides a series of ‘Permitted Acts’. Works ‘in copyright’ can be used under the auspices of these Acts, although it should be borne in mind some uses may be challenged; e.g. use of ‘in copyright’ works for the purpose of criticism or review.

Fair dealing is permitted in relation to copyright works for a number of purposes. What is fair is a question of degree, given the reason the copying has taken place. There is a balance to be drawn between the conflicting interests of the parties: the copyist must be allowed to take sufficient material to allow, on objective analysis, his/her point to be made, but what is taken must be reasonable and appropriate. The Permitted Acts can be found by clicking on Permitted Acts.

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