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Copyright and Fair Use: Fair Use & Exceptions

Fair Use

In a nut shell, fair use grants a privilege to non-creators to use copyrighted works without permission.  In order for a “use” to be “fair” there are four factors which need to be considered; for our purposes, in simplest terms the four factors are as follows:

  1. Is the use for a non-profit, educational purpose?
  2. What is the nature of the copyrighted work?
  3. What portion of the copyrighted work are you using?
  4. Will your use of the work impact the commercial market for the work?

You will find more detailed information about each of these factors at the link below.

Evaluation Tools

Fair Use Explained

Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University created the video below to illustrate the concept of Fair Use, through the ironic manipulation of Disney film clips.

A Fair(y) Use Tale Transcript


This information is provided by the library to assist you in making informed decisions about copyright and fair use. It is intended as  a general guideline and an interpretation of current copyright issues. It is not intended, and should not be construed as, legal advice.

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