How do I know if I can use something that's copyrighted?


Copyrighted materials can be used for educational purposes including commentary, criticism, news reporting, research, teaching, library archiving, and scholarship under the fair use doctrine. Four factors are used to determine fair use:

  • The purpose and character of the use (commercial or non-profit educational)
  • The nature of the copyrighted work
  • The amount and importance of the portion used in relation to the work as a whole
  • The effect of the use on the potential market for or value of the work

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  • Last Updated Sep 09, 2015
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