As soon as a work is created, copyright automatically applies. The Center for Media & Social Impact (CMSI) has created a Set of Principles in Fair Use for Journalism to help journalists in the United States interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use. According to CMSI, "This set of principles does not describe the full extent of fair use rights. Instead, it describes how those rights should apply in certain common situations for journalists." Included with each principle is a detailed discussion of each principle with examples:
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