This exception allows you to make a copy of an extract of a copyright work for the purposes of your own private study. You should acknowledge use of the work by including an attribution statement. Only a single copy of each extract is permitted and it must not be shared with others.
The Society of Authors has published guidance on the amount that may be copied. In practice this means a single copy of:
- No more than one chapter of a book
- No more than one article of a journal issue
- No more than one single case report from a law report
- No more than 5% of a given work, whichever is greater
Anyone using a library photocopier or downloading an extract from the internet (unless under the terms of a licence) is relying upon this exception and should therefore take care to be compliant.