fair use


Definition of 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 Trump unsuccessfully sought to dismiss Grant's claim, making a fair use argument, but a federal judge in New York would not allow it at this stage of the litigation. Aaron Katersky, ABC News, 19 Oct. 2021 The complaint goes on to say that the Le Tigre song should be safe under fair use laws, as the lyrics are substantially transformed in meaning. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 9 Oct. 2021 In response to Grant’s suit, Trump argued this was copyright fair use. Eriq Gardner, Billboard, 28 Sep. 2021 This is just one of several legal battles that continue to rage over fair use, interpolation, and appropriation in pop music. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 9 Oct. 2021 Prince, meanwhile, has argued that his use of publicly available Instagram images constitutes fair use. Jacqui Palumbo, Cnn Megan Hills, CNN, 14 May 2021 Spangler draws a parallel to music, suggesting that legally, dance and movement would likely work the same way: some parts of a choreography could be copyrighted, while others are fair use or free to use by anyone. Kovie Biakolo, Essence, 29 July 2021 In a series of posts on Hacker News, GitHub CEO Nat Friedman responded to the developer outrage by projecting confidence about the fair use designation of training data, pointing to an OpenAI position paper on the topic. Gregory Barber, Wired, 12 July 2021 The fair use doctrine is designed to stop copyright protections from stifling innovation. Martin Giles, Forbes, 5 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of fair 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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27 Oct 2021

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“Fair use.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fair%20use. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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Legal Definition of fair use

— see use sense 2


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