Fair use is a concept embedded in U.S. law that recognizes that certain uses of copyright-protected works do not require permission from the copyright holder. (See Title 17, chapter 1, section 107 [PDF])
The following four factors are used to determine if a use is fair:
* Not all uses in an academic context are automatically considered fair use!
The Fair Use Doctrine is probably the most important exemption to copyright protections for educational settings, allowing many uses of copyrighted works for the purposes of teaching and research.
The complexity of fair use and its importance in academia make it imperative that every member of RCC understands how to make judgments concerning fair use.
Review the Common Copyright Scenarios on the left menu to help you determine whether or not fair use is appropriate.