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Copyright - Fair Dealing for the Purposes of Instruction: Fair Dealing

This guide is designed to accompany a class for HKUST Language Centre instructors on issues of copyright in relation to instruction in non-profit institutions

Fair Dealing for Purposes of Giving or Receiving Instruction

HKUST Library Statement on Copyright

Copyright Information - Fair Dealing for Purposes of Giving or Receiving Instruction

The Copyright Ordinance of Hong Kong allows instructors and students at non-profit education institutions like HKUST to use copyright works up to a "reasonable amount" for education purposes on the condition that such usage is considered fair dealing as provided in Section 41A of the Copyright Ordinance.


Fair Dealing

Under the current Copyright Ordinance, the court will take reference to the "fair dealing" provisions in Section 41A when judging whether teachers and students  observed "fair dealing in their use copyright works.The four conditions under the "fair dealing" provision are:

a. The purpose and nature of such dealing

b. The nature of the work

c. The amount and substantiality of the portion dealt with in relation to the work as a whole; and

d. The effect of such dealing on the potential market for or value of the work.


Visit the Intellectual Property Department's website on Copyright and Education for more documents and information. Especially:

FAQ on Copyright (Amendment) Ordinance 2007 - Copyright Exemptions

Guidelines for Photocopying of Printed Works by Not-for-profit Educational Establishments (2004) 

  • 3-day rule
  • No more than 27 instances in a year per course
  • No more than 15 articles from the same newspaper title for one course in any one academic year
  • Its FAQ



Please contact HKUST's representative on the Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee  (JULAC) Copyright Committee, Ms. Victoria F. Caplan (Extn. 6756; if you have further questions.


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