What is fair dealing?
Fair Dealing is a legal term used to establish whether a use of a copyright material is lawful or whether it infringes copyright.
There is no statutory definition of fair dealing, instead each individual use has to be looked at within the specific circumstances.
The UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) states “The question to be asked is: how would a fair-minded and honest person have dealt with the work.
There are some general factors to consider:
Fair dealing applies to literary, dramatic, musical, artistic or typographical works, not just text-based works. It does not cover the copying of printed music. Students and staff on the BA Musical Theatre course may be able to copy music using the Higher Education Printed Music Licence (this licence does not cover copying of printed music for other courses).
What is not fair dealing?