Fair use is a legal doctrine (Title 17 U.S. Code, Section 107) that permits a copyrighted work to be used without the permission of the copyright holder(s). This exemption is only applicable for specific uses of a copyrighted work, including:
It it important to understand that the use of a copyrighted work for any of these purposes, including educational, does not automatically qualify as fair use. Instead, four factors must be weighed to determine if fair use applies.
Fair use is determined on a case-by-case basis by equally considering the following four factors:
In addition to fair use, U.S. copyright law provides academic institutions several other copyright exemptions. This includes:
Many universities and organizations provide best practices and checklists to aid in determining if fair use applies. The resources are for information purposes only.
The information presented in this guide is intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have specific legal questions, please contact the DCCCD General Counsel.