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When decision-makers (including courts) consider what fair uses of copyrighted material should be permitted because they promote cultural progress, they rely on information about how people actually think and act in the practice communities where the issues arise.

Peter Jaszi, explaining the rationale behind our 3-year Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded project on best practices in fair use for academic and research libraries.

Fair use can be hard to predict, yes, but it can be a lot easier than parsing out a contract—and once you learn the fair use factors, you can make a judgment call about every fair use situation you encounter, instead of having to learn a new set of permissions every time. This is why I think fair use principles focused on practice communities offer a really promising development.