This is a guide to copyright law and the Fair Use statute created by St. Catherine University librarians. Information found on this guide should not be taken as legal advice.
Understanding the Fair Use Statute
Under the Fair Use Statute, copyrighted work may be reproduced for purposes of criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research. To determine whether the use of copyrighted material is a fair use, consider these four factors:
*Text adapted from the U.S. Copyright Act
Fair Use and Multimedia Guidelines
Exercise caution in using digital material downloaded from the Internet for educational purposes. There is a mixture of copyright protection online, and just because you have access to the material does not mean that it can be reproduced or reused without permission.
Limitations on the amount of the copyrighted work for multimedia include:
If you plan to replicate or reproduce beyond these limitations, you must seek permission from the copyright holder.
*Text adapted from the Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia. See the full document by clicking on the link in the adjacent column.
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