[A2k] The Fair Use/Fair Dealing Handbook by Jonathan Band

Manon Ress manon.ress at keionline.org
Thu Mar 28 05:06:25 PDT 2013

More than 40 countries have some fair use/dealing provisions! Comprehensive
and  useful tool!

The Fair Use/Fair Dealing Handbook by Jonathan Band
March 27, 2013

More than 40 countries with over one-third of the world’s population have
fair use or fair dealing provisions in their copyright laws. These
countries are in all regions of the world and at all levels of development.
The broad diffusion of fair use and fair dealing indicates that there is no
basis for preventing the more widespread adoption of these doctrines, with
the benefits their flexibility brings to authors, publishers, consumers,
technology companies, libraries, museums, educational institutions, and

Fair dealing was first developed by courts in England in the eighteenth
century, and was codified in 1911. Fair dealing became incorporated into
the copyright laws of the former British Imperial territories, now referred
to as the Commonwealth countries. Over the past century, the fair dealing
statutes have evolved in many of the Commonwealth countries, and
increasingly resemble the fair use statute in the United States. Thus,
although fair dealing is generally considered to be less flexible and
open-ended than fair use, this is no longer the case in many Commonwealth

This handbook contains all the fair use and fair dealing statutes we were
able to identify.

Manon Ress
Knowledge Ecology International
manon.ress at keionline.org
tel.: +1 202 332 2670

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