How Much 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.

Is it illegal to photocopy 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.

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.”

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.

When can I use copyrighted material without permission?

Permissible Uses

Federal law provides a few exceptions that may allow you to use a copyright owner’s work without his express consent. The fair use exception allows you to use or distribute a copyrighted work without the owner’s permission only for a limited purpose and to a limited extent.