What is Fair Use?


Fair Use is a doctrine that permits limited use of copyrighted materials for educational purposes without acquiring permission from the rights holders.

There are four factors to consider when evaluating whether materials are considered usable under Fair Use:

  • the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes
  • the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
  • the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work

Questions about Fair Use? Email library@ucmerced.edu


  • Last Updated Mar 09, 2018
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