fair use

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fair use (countable and uncountable, plural fair uses)

  1. (law) a doctrine in intellectual property law that permits one party to make use of another party's protected intellectual property (such as a copyright or trademark) under narrowly defined circumstances.
    Although fair use was not mentioned in the previous copyright law, the doctrine has developed through a substantial number of court decisions over the years. United States Copyright Office Statement on Fair Use, [1]