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Student Copyright Guide

This guide is an overview of copyright law, terms, and practices.

What is Fair Use?

Fair use is a doctrine allowing the use or reproduction of copyrighted works without permission from the author, as long as certain conditions are met.

Using copyrighted work in a transformative way, such as altering it significantly or using it for a different purpose, is a large factor in fair use.

The most common cases of fair use are criticism, commentary, and parody. This also applies in education, research, and reporting. However, using a copyrighted work for an educational purpose does not automatically make it fair use.

Fair Use Resources

Thinking Through Fair Use (University of Minnesota)

Fair Use Checklist (Columbia University)

Fair Use Evaluator (American Library Association)