The Copyright Act provides for general exceptions to the
protection of literary and musical works to allow for fair dealings
with the works. Copyright of a literary or musical work will not be
infringed if the work is used:
for the purposes of research or private study
personal or private use of the person using the work
Copyright will also not be infringed if the literary or musical
work is used:
for the purposes of criticism or review of that work or of
another work; or
for the purpose of reporting current events
In this case the source must be mentioned, as well as the name
of the author if it appears on the work.
The copyright in a literary or musical work which is lawfully
available to the public will not be infringed by any quotation of
the work, including any quotation from articles in newspapers or
periodicals that are in the form of summaries of the work, provided
that the quotation is compatible with fair practice, that the
extent thereof does not exceed the extent justified by the purpose
and that the source is mentioned, as well as the name of the author
if it appears on the work.
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