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I am a graduate student. For a fellow graduate student's upcoming birthday, I wanted to give him a collection of seminal papers in his field. The idea was to print a collection of 10 papers, totaling around 300 pages, which would then be assembled into a hardback book.

I am well aware that I do not own the copyright to any of these papers. However, would my gift fit the criteria for fair use?

In the case that this is legal, is there anything I should write in the book regarding copyright, besides attributions?

Here are several additional considerations.

  1. I do not intend for this book to be sold. I want to print exactly one copy.

  2. In my department, it is common for people to print out hundreds and hundreds of pages of journal articles every week. I know this because I have to wait for them at the printer. Printing this book doesn't feel so different from what my colleagues are already doing, the only difference being that I would bind the pages in a book. Are we all breaking the law?

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    Are you both students at the same school? How are you getting these papers, is it from your school's subscription to certain journals? – Matt Jun 17 at 12:06
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    We are both students at the same school. The papers were obtained from our school's subscription. – user134824 Jun 17 at 13:45

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