Fair Dealing Law and Legal Definition

In the context of Copyright law, fair dealing is a limited exception to the exclusivity of intellectual property. Fair dealing allows fair critique or private study use of the protected material, and with appropriate acknowledgment. Fair dealing with a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work for the purposes of research for a non-commercial purpose does not infringe any copyright. However, it should be accompanied by a sufficient acknowledgment. Fair dealing is actually a question of degree. If the use of fair dealing is to convey the same information as the author, and that too for a rival purpose, then it shall be considered unfair. Therefore, fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, or purpose of criticism shall not infringe copyright.