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Copyright Disclaimer under Section 107: What You Need to Know


Disclaimer of Copyright According to Section 107, unauthorized use of copyrighted material is permitted under certain circumstances if it satisfies the definition of “fair use.” For “fair use” objectives, such as education and research, scholarship, criticism, news reporting, comment, and teaching, copyrighted material may be used under the Copyright Disclaimer under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976. The use permitted by the copyright statute, which would otherwise be viewed as an infringement, is referred to as a fair use copyright disclaimer.

What is a Copyright?

The formal way to protect an artist’s creative work is through copyright. Typically, copyright can be used to protect numerous types of work. Songs, artwork, movies, poems, books, and plays are examples of these works. Copyright protection for websites and other online information has improved recently.

It is customary to grant authors the sole right to perform their works, such as paintings, films, novels, etc. This creation’s copyright will have been violated if another individual duplicates it. The work’s systems, ideas, and factual information are not protected by copyright.

The best course of action is to ask the individual with the copyright for permission before using their work. Once you have authorization, using the copyrighted material is secure and without fear of infringement. If authorization is not practicable, one must refrain from exploiting copyrighted content.

The Copyright Disclaimer under Section 107 provides a comprehensive list of uses that permit copying a specific piece of information since it is ethical. These include scholarly pursuits, education, news reporting, commentary, and criticism. Four elements should be considered when deciding whether a particular use would be considered fair under Section 107.

These considerations include the following: 

  • The nature and purpose of use, including whether it will be utilized for profit-making or nonprofit educational reasons;
  • The nature of the protected work; and
  • The user’s impact on the copyrighted work’s potential market or worth; the weight and quantity of the used section about the total work.

Types of Copyright Disclaimers

The various kinds of copyright disclaimers include the following:

  • Warranty copyright disclaimer
  • Confidentiality copyright disclaimer
  • Investment copyright disclaimer
  • Views-expressed copyright disclaimer
  • No-responsibility copyright disclaimer and 
  • Fair use copyright disclaimer

Standards for Copyright Disclaimers

It is important to remember that copyright disclaimers are only needed when a work protected by a copyright is duplicated. First off, only works that meet the following criteria are granted copyright:

Expression: Ideas alone are not protected by copyright. 

Fixation: Any tangible medium in which ideas are expressed or fixed is only subject to copyright protection.

Uniqueness: For a work to qualify for copyright, there must be a significant amount of creativity. The copyright does not protect simple facts, short words, etc.

Copyright Disclaimer Procedure

  • Check to see if you need copyright: A notice to this effect must be placed on all readily apparent copies to protect a work by bringing it under the copyright no-liability disclaimer statement (for instance, books, images, music scores, and movies).
  • Add the proper symbol: There must be a copyright symbol included. To make it apparent that the copyright protects the work, you can also use the terms “copyright” or “corp.”
  • Indicate the publishing year: The dispersed copies of a work or its phone records are referred to as published materials under copyright law. When registering your content for copyright, the publication year must be specified. It is important to explicitly state if the work was issued by sale or lease during the year.
  • State who is the owner of the copyright: The copyright holder’s name must be mentioned.
  • The copyright owner must be identified: Attaching or including the copyright notice in a piece of your work is necessary. Ensure your firm is officially registered and operating under the laws if you want to secure the copyright in your company’s name.
  • You must include the copyright declaration in your work: Attaching or including the copyright notice in a piece of your work is necessary. It should be prominently displayed and not obscured by an opinion disclaimer.
  • A statement of rights is required: The rights declaration should be annexed to demonstrate a copyright owner’s rights if you don’t want anyone to use your idea. An All Rights Reserved statement ought to be present. If you want to share certain portions of the work with others, you need to include some rights-reserved statements. You can choose no rights held if you want to relinquish all control over the content.

The Benefits of Employing a Copyright Disclaimer

The advantages of including a copyright disclaimer under Section 107 in any reproduced work are as follows:

  1. It demonstrates the reproducers’ legal knowledge to readers or viewers of the reproduced work. It presents the copyist as a reliable information source.
  2. It serves as a means of letting readers or viewers of any reproduced work understand the informational basis for the reproduction.
  3. It establishes the claim of “fair use” under Section 107 even before a copyright infringement action is brought before a court, making it easier to legally demonstrate the bona fide intention.
  4. It offers a place for the copyright holder to receive proper credit from the reproducer, upholding his paternity right (the right of a copyright holder to receive credit for his work).

The use of a Copyright Disclaimer has Drawbacks

The negative effects of adding a copyright disclaimer outweigh the positive ones. This is because a copyright disclaimer is not a permissible argument in favour of the assertion that Section 107 applies to the duplicated work. No court has approved of it.

Whether or not it is fair usage can only be decided after a formal copyright infringement lawsuit. It is not necessarily considered fair use just because the reproducer claims the action is permitted by Section 107, pays acknowledgement to the original copyright owner, or includes a copyright disclaimer. Therefore, a copyright disclaimer is not required by law to stop the copyright owner from suing for copyright infringement.

A copyright disclaimer can occasionally be the worst error a reproducer can make. It’s because the copyright disclaimer makes it clear that the contents of the reproduced work were lifted from one protected by copyright.

Additionally, there is no graver way for the reproducer to admit in court that he violated someone else’s copyright than by including a copyright disclaimer. The disclaimer is the equivalent of the reproducer yelling, “Hello, I copied the contents of your copyrighted work without your permission,” to the copyright owner. Knowing that it was a copyrighted work, I copied it. Although I know it violates your rights, it was not my intention. Section 107 protects it. The reproducer could be held accountable using the disclaimer. It proves that the reproducer was aware of the copyright’s existence. If this knowledge is proven, the reproducer can lose a lawsuit for copyright infringement.

Sample Copyright Disclaimer

An example copyright disclaimer is shown below:

Some of the content on this website is protected by copyright, although its use has not received the owner’s express consent.

…. The organisation’s purpose is to advance by making the contents of this site public. According to Section 107 of the United States Copyright Act of 1976, we consider this to be a “fair use” of the copyrighted content. 

The user must first get permission from the copyright owner before using any copyrighted items on this site for any reason other than “fair use.” 

Please email us at … .com to let us know if you think any content on this website violates your intellectual property rights or other rights. 

An elementary example of a copyright disclaimer is shown above. Legal counsel should always be sought when crafting such disclaimers.


In addition to written works like books, plays, poetry, essays, and lectures, copyright protection applies to visual works like paintings and posters, dramatic works like musicals and plays, audiovisual works, musical compositions, and sound recordings. This legal system protects all such creative works produced by writers and artists.

Therefore, content creators must avoid doing so as much as possible. However, if using copyrighted works is necessary, contacting the owner (or the relevant organization) and formally requesting permission is the best and safest course of action. The use of the copyrighted content is permitted after permission, according to the terms and circumstances of the contract. The procedure could take some time. However, it will prevent you from wasting time and money on court proceedings.

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