fair use


: a legal doctrine that portions of copyrighted materials may be used without permission of the copyright owner provided the use is fair and reasonable, does not substantially impair the value of the materials, and does not curtail the profits reasonably expected by the owner

Examples of fair use in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bills being debated by the states are a guidepost for what is needed at the national level — disclosure of AI use, protections against bias and discrimination by algorithms, and oversight to ensure safe and fair use of autonomous decision tools. Kislaya Prasad, Baltimore Sun, 2 May 2024 Many of these images likely would fall under fair use provisions for parody, even if early Mickey had not just entered the public domain. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 2 Jan. 2024 Using data to train A.I. systems, Meta’s lawyers said in their meetings, should similarly be fair use. Nico Grant, New York Times, 6 Apr. 2024 Still, Drew has maintained her project is fair use protected by the First Amendment. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for fair use 

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Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fair use was in 1847

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“Fair use.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fair%20use. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Legal Definition

fair use

see use sense 2

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