Sniper Country and the Fair Use of Copyrighted Works

Sniper Country, from time to time, provides access to readers of its page selections of copyrighted works of interest to long range competitive shooters and military and law enforcement snipers. Sniper Country provides this information pursuant to the fair use provisions of 17 U.S.C. Sec. 107 (we have provided for you below the text of the statute). Sniper Country provides this material for your comment and criticism. Sniper Country also provides this material for students of military snipers who are having difficulty in finding primary sources of information on the subject. Sniper Country provides this information to you not for profit, but for informational and educational purposes only.

17 U.S.C. Sec. 107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use Notwithstanding the provisions of [17 U.S.C. Secs.] 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include:

(1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
(2) the nature of the copyrighted work;
(3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
(4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.

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