Copyright, Fair Use, and Intellectual Property Resources: Fair Use & Teaching

What is Fair Use?

Fair Use deals with exceptions and limits to US copyright law and may allow you to use copyrighted material without having permission from the creator. Uses falling under this category include criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, research, and archiving purposes.

The Four Factors of Fair Use

  1. The purpose and character of your use
  2. The nature of the copyrighted work
  3. The amount and substantiality of the portion taken
  4. The effect of the use upon the potential market

What is Section 108?

Section 108 of the US Copyright Law (Title 17, Chapter 1) outlines the exception available to libraries and archives to make copies of copyrighted material for noncommercial preservation and/or replacement. Institutions must have collections or research materials that are open to the public.  

Fair Use Resources

Resources for Academic and Teaching Environments

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