|Guidelines for Fair Use
The doctrine of fair use came about after years of court cases dealing with copyright law.
Section 107 of copyright law contains a list of the various purposes for which the reproduction of a particular work may be considered fair. It may be considered fair use if the reproduction of copyrighted work is for criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research.
Section 107 also sets out four factors to be considered in determining whether or not a particular use is fair:
Here are some resources for more information and guidance about 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
Center for Social Media
Fair Use Evaluator
Stanford Copyright and Fair Use