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1. Fair Use: Why bother?

Many of the creative works that you may use in your research or assignments are copyrighted.  Books, movies, songs, email, images and videos can all be protected by copyright. In order to be able to use these works in your own creative activities, certain exceptions have been written into the copyright law.  Fair use is one of the most commonly used exceptions.

Fair Use is an important concept when it comes to doing course work. Much of your use of sources and materials is for educational purposes. This means that there might be some things you can do as part of your course work that you won’t be able to do outside of the classroom. It’s important to know that there are limits to how you can use others’ creative works even as a student.

In this tutorial, you will learn about fair use and ways to determine how to make use of other people’s copyrighted works without violating the owner’s rights. Understanding how to properly perform a fair use analysis and assert your fair use rights can help you to build upon others’ works with confidence.


Disclaimer: The information in this presentation is not legal advice, nor is The Copyright Resources Center legal counsel to the university or any members of the university community.


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