Answered By: Ana Enriquez
Last Updated: Oct 11, 2019     Views: 47

Under U.S. law, the fair use doctrine entitles users to reproduce, modify, distribute, and publicly perform or display copyrighted works without permission under certain circumstances.

Whether a use is fair depends on four factors, outlined in 17 U.S.C. § 107. When a use is for educational purposes, that improves the fair use analysis, but it doesn't make the use automatically fair. Our office maintains a fair use checklist that can help you analyze your use. Any time you use a checklist to assess fair use, keep in mind that the factors and subfactors within the analysis can weigh against each other. A use can be fair even if some of the factors or subfactors weigh against fair use.

A few excellent resources on fair use are:

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