The Economic Law Code, Article XI. 189 et seq., provides exceptions to copyright, including:
- Exceptions in favor of public education or scientific research by institutions officially recognized by the government for that purpose.
- Exceptions for libraries, museums and archives.
These exceptions are possible when justified by the pursued nonprofit purpose of the organisation and do not impair the normal exploitation of the work. In these cases, it is not necessary to request permission from NBN to reproduce the work.
In addition, beyond the legal exceptions provided for in Belgian law, NBN has adopted a policy based on the principle of reasonable use, inspired by the Anglo-Saxon "faire use. Fair use is the reproduction of small excerpts of standards and other NBN content for non-commercial purposes. Fair use of a standard or NBN content requires prior permission from NBN. This can be done by completing a form on the NBN Web site. This form clearly states the limits for reasonable use.
Do you want to copy small parts of standards for "reasonable use"? Then you can request permission to do so using this request form.
'Reasonable use' is the reproduction of small excerpts for non-commercial, educational and informational purposes according to specific rules.