Definition of Fair use

1. Noun. The conditions under which you can use material that is copyrighted by someone else without paying royalties.

Generic synonyms: Enjoyment, Use

Definition of Fair use

1. Noun. (legal) : a doctrine in intellectual property law that permits one party to make use of another party's protected intellectual property (such as a copyright or trademark) under narrowly defined circumstances ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Fair Use

fair game
fair go
fair hearing
fair linen
fair market value
fair market values
fair off
fair play
fair suck of the sauce bottle
fair suck of the sav
fair to middlin'
fair to middling
fair trade
fair up
fair use (current term)
fair uses
fair weather
fair weather friend
fair wind

Literary usage of Fair use

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1. A Treatise on the Law of Property in Intellectual Productions in Great by Eaton Sylvester Drone (1879)
"The aim of the law is to encourage learning by allowing a fair use to be made of a copyrighted work, but at the same time to prevent the subsequent author ..."

2. Kickstart Initiative: Connecting America's Communities to the Information by Delano E. Lewis (1997)
"There are, however, some generally accepted interpretations of the fair use doctrine. For example, the Supreme Court has held that it is a fair use to copy ..."

3. Copyright, Its History and Its Law: Being a Summary of the Principles and by Richard Rogers Bowker (1912)
"... "fair use" AND "UNFAIR COMPETITION" THE word " piracy," since that gentle craft has disap- Piracy peared from the high seas, has come commonly into use ..."

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