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Copyright  - the owner's legal right to reproduce, display, transmit, perform and modify work.  Copyright is also the right to publicly perform a sound recording by digital transmission.  A work is automatically copyrighted at the moment of creation, as long as it exists is a fixed, tangible form.  Copyright is an "all rights reserved" status.

Exemption  - a legal term for an exception to the general rule.  Exemptions are generally allowed, not for the benefit of the individual, but for some public advantage.  In copyright law, one type of exemption is fair use.

Fair Use - enables people to make legal use of copyrighted materials without payment or permission under some circumstances.  Fair use is part of the copyright law that especially enables for uses related to broad and important social goals related to the development of innovation and spread of knowledge, including teaching and learning, scholarship, news reporting, or criticism and commentary. Fair use is flexible and is a user right.

Determining whether the use made of work, in a particular case, is a fair use the factor to be considered shall include the following:

  1. purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes.
  2. nature of the copyrighted work.
  3. amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole.
  4. effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

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