Share this entry

Share this page

fair use

Syllabification: fair use

Definition of fair use in English:

noun

(In US copyright law) the doctrine that brief excerpts of copyright material may, under certain circumstances, be quoted verbatim for purposes such as criticism, news reporting, teaching, and research, without the need for permission from or payment to the copyright holder.
Example sentences
  • The music industry considers such file-sharing to be in violation of copyright and fair use laws.
  • The copyright law concept of fair use is often used as a justification for access.
  • Some lawyers claim that fair use is merely a defense to a claim of copyright infringement.

Definition of fair use in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day snarf
Pronunciation: snärf
verb
eat or drink quickly or greedily