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What is "fair dealing"?

The fair dealing provisions of the Australian Copyright Act permit you to use in-copyright material if it is:

  • a portion of textual material, usually 10% or 1 chapter or 1 article, for research or study; or
  • for criticism, review, parody, satire, reporting the news or for seeking advice from a lawyer.
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