Copyright Law and Fair Use

How are they related to each other?

Copyright Law

  • Copyright is a legal concept, enacted by most governments, giving the creator of original work exclusive rights to it for a limited time
  • Copyright is a form of intellectual property (as patents, trademarks and trade secrets are), applicable to any expressible form of an idea or information that is substantive and discrete.
  • Copyright initially was conceived as a way for government to restrict printing; the contemporary intent of copyright is to promote the creation of new works by giving authors control of and profit from them.

Fair Use

  • A doctrine that brief excerpts of copyright material may, under certain circumstances, is quoted verbatim for purposes such as criticism.
  • Fair use allows people other than the copyright owner to copy part or, in some circumstances, all of a copyrighted work, even where the copyright holder has not given permission or objects.

Relationship between Fair Use and Copyright Laws

In the end Copyright Laws give special rights to the author of his/her work and Fair Use allows you to use it in certain circumstances by giving the author credit.