Question: How Much Of A Book Can You Legally Copy?

Single Copies for Educational Use

An excerpt from a work cannot be more than 1,000 words or 10 percent of the work, whichever is less.

Students may copy portions of books under the fair use copyright exemption, provided copying is not being used as a substitute for buying a textbook.

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. E.g. 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 make copies of 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.

What counts as fair use?

In its most general sense, a fair use is any copying of copyrighted material done for a limited and “transformative” purpose, such as to comment upon, criticize, or parody a copyrighted work. If your use qualifies as a fair use, then it would not be considered an infringement.