Lesson 4: Permitted Uses and Exceptions

Every country’s copyright laws recognize that a third party should be able to do certain things with a copyright work without having to ask permission and without having to pay a license fee. Permitted uses of copyright works vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

Most common law countries recognize a broad based general exception to copyright infringement where a third party's use is considere to be 'fair'.

This broad based exception is commonly referred to as 'fair dealing' or 'fair use'. In continental European countries, that follow the civil law tradition, any permitted uses of a copyright work has to be listed in the legislation. They don’t recognize the same kind of ‘catch-all’ as fair use or fair dealing.


Like with all other forms of IP, always check with experts to ensure that you know what rights you have, how they are protected and for how long.

Last modified: Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 1:41 PM