Fair Use Evaluator:
Created by the American Library Association (ALA), Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) under a Creative Commons license
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Framework for Fair Use:
The Fair Use Doctrine is part of the Copyright Law that allows for the legal use of Copyrighted materials without getting permission from the Copyright holder. Purposes of Fair Use are:
Fair Use is always open for interpretation. In order to assess if the work in question meets the criteria, use the Four Factors of Fair Use:
After working through the four factors of Fair Use and you determine that permission is needed, here are the steps to asking for permission. First, you must identify who owns the rights to the work -- this can be complicated especially if the Copyright has changed hands.
Once rights holder is identified, follow the following best practices to ensure you do not violate Copyright Law. Put agreement in writing with complete information including how you plan to use the work.
This tool, originally created by Kenneth D. Crews and Dwayne K. Buttler, provides a way to determine whether or not activities fall within Fair Use.
For more information on the this document, visit Columbia University Libraries Copyright Advisory Office
This is directly related to Factor #3 -- the amount of the work used. If you want students to read an entire article or listen to a whole music composition, you will need to make a strong and clear case for why that amount is critical to serve your purposes.