Copyright 101: Fair Use

Fair Use

Fair Use in U.S. copyright law is the doctrine that exempts some copyrighted material for the purpose of study, research, and criticism.

In the field of Education, this is a very important concept since sometimes copyrighted material can be used for educational purposes.

Again though, there are legal factors to take into consideration including:

1) The purpose of use (educational - not to be confused with entertainment)

2) What is the nature of the copyrighted material

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3) How much of the work are you using?

4) What implications will your use have on the owner(s) of the copyrighted work?  Put yourself in their shoes...