Navigating the "fair use" exemption

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When in doubt, get permission. That's the essence of a CJR post by Sarah Laskow, who covered a session on the subject at the recent Online News Association conference. Attendees heard from two attorneys who outlined what's covered by fair use, and what's uncertain about it: "Copyright law wasn’t designed only to help creators make money; fair use provisions help guarantee that other people can criticize, teach, or transform existing work. But it’s not a fail-safe."