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Copyright Office and Fair Use

Fair Use is based on these four major factors:

  • purpose and character of use
  • nature of the work
  • amount of the portion used in relation to the entire work
  • effect of the use upon the potential market

Emergency Distance Learning and Fair Use Guide from IPWatchDog

Digital Image Rights Computator

Designed by the Visual Resources Association, this interactive program determines copyright status on digital images

Fair Use Exceptions for Instructors Tool

An interactive tool that collects and summarizes information about a work you plan to use in the classroom.

Fair Use for Online Video

Center for Media and Social Impact at American University's School of Communication provides best practices in Fair Use for using online video.

Fair Use Evaluator

University of Minnesota's Copyright Information and Resources

  • Basics
  • Can I Use this?
  • Copyright
  • Teaching
  • Using Video and Audio

United States Copyright Office