Question: How Many Pages Can You Legally Photocopy From A Book?

Up to 10% or one complete chapter of a book, plus any associated endnotes or references.


if a chapter comprises 25% of a book, you can photocopy the entire chapter; but if you want to photocopy extracts from more than one chapter, you can only copy up to 10% of the book.

Educators generally are not allowed to copy for the purpose of avoiding purchasing books from publishers or to copy the same items from term to term. However, educators are generally permitted to make copies of short articles or pages from a book for the purpose of teaching a class.

Can I photocopy pages from a book?

Photocopying textbooks can be considered reproducing copies of the work, so you may be infringing unless the copying is deemed fair use. Although authors have pretty broad control how their copyrighted works are used, students wishing to make legal photocopies of a textbook may be able to do so under fair use law.

Can teachers make copies of workbooks?

Teachers may photocopy articles to hand out in class, but the guidelines impose restrictions. Classroom copying cannot be used to replace texts or workbooks used in the classroom. Pupils cannot be charged more than the actual cost of photocopying. The number of copies cannot exceed more than one copy per pupil.

Currently, the UK’s Copyright, Designs and Patents Act of 1988 provides that the copying of copyrighted material without the copyright owner’s permission is illegal. However, it allows copying for the purposes of research or private studying, an exception known as “fair dealing.”