Fair Use is a doctrine which permits limited use of copyrighted materials without the permission of the copyright holder.
Several tools help users make a determination of fair use: These include:
The use of, and retention, of such checklists is strongly encouraged.
Before the next time you cut-and-paste material into a paper, download music, post material onto a Canvas or CLEo page, copy an article to share with colleagues and friends, or screen a film to a group, remember to conduct a fair use analysis.
Title 17 of the U.S. Code, Section 107 lists a variety of uses of copyrighted works which may be considered Fair Use. These include criticism, commentary, news reporting, teaching, scholarship and research. It also lists four factors that must be evaluated when making a determination if a potential use of copyrighted material qualifies as Fair Use. These are:
"The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries. This clear and easy-to-use statement of fair and reasonable approaches to fair use was developed for librarians who support academic inquiry."
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts (College Art Association)
Codes of Best Practices for Online Video Center for Media & Social Impact
In most cases, linking to a work that is online will not require obtaining permission.
In the Library databases, most materials include a permalink or persistent link that can be used on a Canvas or CLEo page.
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