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Copyright Basics: Fair Use Doctrine

This guide will help you learn more about copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons.

What is the Fair Use Doctrine?

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Watch this video from the U.S. Copyright Office to learn more about Fair Use.

Fair Use allows users to use a percentage of a copyrighted works for specific purposes. These purposes can include educational, non-commercial, or transformative uses.  There are four factors that use must meet to be considered Fair Use. These include:

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For help determining if your use of copyrighted materials is Fair Use, use the USF Fair Use Checklist or go the Fair Use Evaluator. To see whether you can use any copyright material, ask yourself these questions:

Can I use it?

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