Understand fair use

Copyright law provides a "fair use" provision that allows others such as teachers, librarians, and reviewers to reproduce a limited portion of copyrighted materials for educational and certain other purposes without compensation to the copyright owners. The law refers to such purposes as "criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship or research." The fair use provision does not allow you to copy complete articles and republish them without permission, even if it is not done for profit.

A small amount of material from a copyrighted source may be used in your written work without permission or payment as long as the use satisfies the fair use criteria.

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