The Fair Use Doctrine (17 USC, sec. 107) allows exemptions to copyright protections for purposes such as criticism, news reporting, education, or scholarly research. These uses of copyright-protected works do not require payment to or permission from the copyright holder.
The following four factors are used to determine fair use:
*Not all uses in an academic context are automatically considered fair use if you have questions please ask a CSU librarian!
Have you ever posted a video or picture online that contains preexisting media? Used a quote or paraphrased information from an author in an academic paper? Wrote a book, movie, or music review?
These are all instances that fall under the purview of Fair Use. If Fair Use did not exist none of these situations would be allowed without permission from the copyright holder.
DO NOT photocopy or share complete, copyrighted works!
Fair Use applies in general but you still need to cite EVERYTHING used from any source to avoid plagiarism!
|Is illegal||Is unethical but not illegal|
|Punishable in a court of law||Punishable by academic institutions|
|Theft of someone's original work without obtaining permission||Theft of someone's words or ideas without giving proper credit|
|Does allow for Fair Use under guidelines||Does not allow for leniency|
Additional information is available on the CSU Library's Avoid Plagiarism Guide.