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It means that you can use copyright-protected media without asking for permission if the following factors speak in favour of your proposed use:

1.  the way you use it;

2. the nature of what you use;

3. how much of the original material you use;

4. whether your use will impact the market for the work.

(...and here is the letter of the law)

In practical terms, the determination whether a use is "fair" is a subjective one. However, there are some

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