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Understanding Fair Use

Before you can take advantage of fair use, you need to understand it. The following links will help you make sense of the best practices and factors involved in fair use.

Fair Use Evaluator

The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy created a Fair Use Evaluator to help you determine whether your proposed use of copyrighted materials falls within the guidelines of Fair Use.

Copyright Office - Fair Use

Section 107 of the U.S. copyright law describes the four factors to consider when determining Fair Use:

  • The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes
  • The nature of the copyrighted work
  • The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
  • The effect of the use upon the potential market for, or value of, the copyrighted work

Read the full description on the U.S. Copyright office website.