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The U.S. Copyright Office Fair Use Index is an excellent place for attorneys and non-attorneys to learn about recent and relevant court decisions related to fair use.
The U.S. Copyright Office Fair Use Index has a list of copyright cases.
The cases are categorized by:
The index has a summary chart with the:
In the index summary chart, the name of case can be clicked on for a link to a one or two page case summary of the case.
The one or two page case summaries gives the facts and reasoning for fair use or not.
Specifically, the one or two page case summary gives:
Reading the reasoning in the one or two page case summary, which is labeled as the holding, gives a break down of the reasoning for the traditional four factors used to analyze if there is fair use or not.
The index is helpful because applicable cases can be read along with the reasoning behind the decision.
Examples of the type of cases are:
If the attorney or non-attorney is researching a set of facts to determine if there is fair use or not fair use, the index can be looked through for a comparable industry and the possible type of fair use. Then the one page case summary, including the facts, and the reasoning for the traditional four factors for fair use or not fair use, can be read.
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