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Copyright: Exceptions

Exceptions to the rights given to authors/creators

Fair Use (called Fair Dealing in Canada and the UK)

Allows certain uses for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research if the use meets certain criteria.

Exemption of certain performances and displays (for education)

Allows certain performances of works in education.

Public Domain

Copyright is constitutionally limited to a "limited time" and after copyright protection expires, works go into the "public domain." Some works, such as most U.S. government documents are in the public domain upon creation.

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