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Fair Use

Fair use is a principle that is based on the belief that the public is entitled to freely use portions of copyrighted materials for purposes of private study, scholarship, or research. This principle is used extensively in instruction. The following are guideline to help determine "fair use".

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

 Fair Use Check List