Click on the link below to view or print a PDF chart of the Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines for Teachers.
Don't make quick decisions disseminating copyrighted works. Use the evaluator!
Consider these four factors for each case of determining fair use:
Use original work; photcopies are less likely consider fair use
If the work is altered and use for another purpose other than its original intent, it may be considered fair use
Copyrighted works used for educational and non-profit purposes, may be considered fair use.
Unpublished works are less likely to be fair use
Out of print works are more likely to be considered fair use
Artisitic or factual? Works of artisitic expressions are less likely to be considered fair use
The more you use the less likely it is fair use
Use only the amount needed to state your point
A market for the work as it will be used is absent or is negligible & use of the work will have little or no negative impact on its value on potential value
If the work is NOT currently under commercial exploitation it is more likely considered fair use
If the work is used in a way that would allow for unauthorized use that could negatively impact on its value, it is less likely considered fair use.
Click on the link to watch this short video titled, "Protected content: Copyright and fair use." This segment is from the full video titled, "Plagiarism 2.0: Information ethics in the digital age," and is currently available in the Films on Demand streaming video collection.