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8. Fair Use: Tips for Best Practice

While it is important to perform a fair use evaluation for each and every use of copyrighted material, there are some general rules that can help you to strengthen a fair use claim. Below are a few general guidelines to follow whenever using copyrighted works in your creative activities.

Further Reading on Fair Use:

A number of groups have developed Codes of Best Practices in Fair Use for different types of activities. These codes help give general guidelines for fairly using copyrighted material in certain types of works, such as documentary film, or for certain user groups, such as academic librarians. Below are links to some of these Codes of Best Practices.

Fair use allows you to build upon and incorporate copyrighted works without permission.  Understanding what it is and how it works can help you create and use materials with confidence.



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