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Information on Copyright and Fair Use for Faculty
Last Updated: Feb 18, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Copyright Information for Faculty

Fair use is the right, in some circumstances, to use copyrighted material without asking permission or paying for it.

What constitutes a "fair use" of a particular copyrighted work varies from situation to situation.  It is essential to make a "good faith" effort to comply with the "fair use" clause of U.S. Copyright Law.

Four factors are considered in all fair use evaluations. They are:

  1. Purpose & character
  2. Nature of the work
  3. Amount
  4. Market Effect

These four factors are not meant to be exclusive and must be examined together. The statute does not indicate how much weight is to be accorded each factor;  therefore, it is advisable to treat the four factors equally.

See the common scenarios tab for examples of fair use, as well as the Checklist for Fair Use to evaluate your own situation.

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