Fair Use

Is your information fair use?

What is Fair Use?

  • Fair use is the limitation to exclusive rights granted by copyright law to the author of created work.
  • Permits limited use of copyright material without getting acquiring permission from the person
  • It is much more flexible but sometimes harder to understand and apply
  • The idea of transformation
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4 Factors that can determine Fair Use

1. The Purpose and character of the use


  • Purposes that favor fair use would be:
  1. Education, scholarship, research and news reporting
  2. Commercial or for profit reasons favor against fair use


2. The Nature of the material


  • Whether the work is published or not
  • Is the work more factual or "creative"


3. The Amount used


  • More in favor of fair use with a smaller quantity being used


4. The Effect on the market of the original piece - are you taking someone's profit?


  • Is the money going to the original person or to you?


The "Fifth Factor"


  • A piece of work is transformative if it uses a source work in a completely new, different and unexpected ways
  • For example: A parody or new technologies


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