Court Opinions Interpreting Fair Use
Click on the link below to view court opinions interpreting fair use of copyright protected resources:
Evaluating Fair Use
Determining whether the use of copyrighted material is acceptable under the doctrine of fair use is not always clear. Obtaining permission from the owner of the copyrighted material is always the best course of action.
However, interpretation of the doctrine of fair use should be guided by the following factors:
Factor 1 – Purpose and Character of Use
Factor 2 – Nature of the Copyrighted Work
Factor 3 – Amount and Substantiality of the Portion Used in Relation to the Copyrighted Work as a Whole
Factor 4 – Effect of the Use Upon the Potential Market for or Value of the Copyrighted Work
Click on the Fair Use Evaluator to assist with determining fair use of a copyright-protected resource:
Fair Use Checklist
Use the checklist linked below to guide decision-making about the use of copyright protected resources.
Click on the Fair Use Evaluator tool below to assist with determining fair use.