DCC Copyright Primer

Fair Use

Fair use or Section 107 of the Copyright Act permits the use of copyrighted material without permission from the copyright holder under certain prescribed circumstances.  The doctrine of "fair use" allows reproduction and other uses of copyrighted works for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship and research.  The statute sets forth four factors to be considered in determining whether a use is fair; including the character of the use, the nature of the work, the amount used in proportion to the whole, and the impact on the market for the work.  The four factors provide educators with needed flexibility.




The information on this site is not intended as legal advice but rather as a general guide to copyright in an academic setting.

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