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Copyright Reminder

Copyright and intellectual property issues are a part of the fabric of research and scholarly communications, and thus all Stanford faculty, students and staff need a working understanding of copyright law as it impacts their daily lives.  The Copyright Reminder, which highlights common campus copyright concerns and outlines fundamental elements of US copyright law, is distributed annually to ensure that the Stanford community remains aware of those issues. 

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 (http://fairuse.stanford.edu) provides much more detail on Fair Use, its application, and relevant case law..