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Copyright Reminder

Fair use

Fair Use allows limited use of copyrighted materials for educational and research purposes.  The statute outlines four factors that should be assessed in determining whether a use is a Fair Use.  These are:

  • the purpose and character of your use
  • the nature of the copyrighted work
  • the amount and substantiality of the portion taken, and
  • the effect of the use upon the potential market.

The test is, intentionally, fact dependent, so you need to look at each use individually to determine if it is a fair use. 

Stanford’s Copyright & Fair Use site ( provides much more detail on fair use, its application, and relevant case law.