Fair Use

Fair use is a legal principle that provides certain limitations on copyrighted materials. It is important to realize that there are no bright lines and assessment of whether or not an intended use is a fair use requires a thoughtful analysis of the context and intentions that underlie that use. As illustrative examples, under fair use, a teacher or researcher is allowed a rather limited amount of copying without the copyright owner’s permission for such purposes as:

  1. criticism
  2. comment
  3. news reporting
  4. teaching

These are not the only potential fair uses, but they do apply to many of the activities in which faculty engage.

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