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Fair Dealing is a legal term used to establish whether a use of a copyright material is lawful or whether it infringes copyright.
There is no statutory definition of fair dealing, instead each individual use has to be looked at within the specific circumstances.
The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKPO) states “The question to be asked is: how would a fair-minded and honest person have dealt with the work.
UK Intellectual Property Office 2014. Exceptions to copyright: Research. What is fair dealing?
There are some general factors to consider:
Fair dealing applies to literary, dramatic, musical, artistic or typographical works, not just text-based works. It does not cover the copying of printed music.
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