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.
U.S. Copyright Office circulars and fact sheets provide detailed information about Fair Use.
Before the next time you cut-and-paste material into a paper, download music, post material onto a Canvas 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:
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 page.
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