The Fair Use Doctrine allows exemption to copyright protections for purposes such as criticism, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research.
Fair use is a concept embedded in U.S. law that recognizes that certain uses of copyright-protected works do not require permission from the copyright holder. (See Title 17, section 107)
What Determines Fair Use?
The following four factors are used to determine if a use is fair:
*Not all uses in an academic context are automatically considered fair use!
Can I Use It? Map: guides users through the process of determining if a use is fair. Developed by The University of Minnesota Libraries. https://www.lib.umn.edu/pdf/DecisionMap.pdf
Fair Use Evaluator: helps users collect, organize, and document the information they may need to support a fair use claim, and provides a time-stamped PDF document for the users’ records. Developed by the American Library Association, Office for Information Technology Policy, Copyright Advisory Network. http://librarycopyright.net/resources/fairuse/