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An easy to understand guide on Copyright.

Crash Course in Fair Use

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Fair use is the right given in U.S. copyright law to use copyrighted material without payment or permission, under some circumstances. A long pattern of judicial decisions applying Supreme Court precedent shows that an assessment of fair use typically depends on the answers to two questions:

  • Is the use transformative—is the purpose for which preexisting copyrighted material is reused different from that for which it was originally created?
  • Is the amount of material used appropriate to the purpose of the new use?

Quoted from the Center for Media & Social Impact.

This is a shift away from the traditional 4 factor approach of:

  • Purpose and character of the use
  • Nature of the work
  • Amount used
  • Effect on the market


Check out the Best Practices from the Center for Media & Social Impact below.