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We reserve the right to amend our Site Policies at any time at our sole discretion, and will publish any changes on our Site Policies page. It is the reader’s responsibility to review our Site Policies before using this site, as after any such changes, your continued use of OLR constitutes your acceptance of the revised Policies. 

Open Letters Review is dedicated to reviewing the arts in an informed, accessible, and intelligent manner. We also hope to provide engaged, enthusiastic criticism and commentary displaying our passion for art across a broad spectrum of forms, and encourage our readers to participate with their own opinions, objections, and arguments. We hope these policies do not quench debate, but help it to flourish within the bounds of legal and civil discourse. 

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This site contains excerpts of copyrighted material, the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We make use of copyrighted material for the purpose of analysis, review, criticism, recommendation, and commentary. This constitutes the “fair use” of copyrighted material as provided for in Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 of United States Copyright Law, without the need for permission from or payment to the copyright holder.

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