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Fair use, or Section 107 of the Copyright Act, allows reproduction and other uses of copyrighted works for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship and research. 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 Fair Use Checklist can help educators, librarians, lawyers, and many other users of copyrighted works determine whether their activities are within the limits of fair use under U.S. copyright law (Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act). Four factors form the structure of this checklist. Congress and courts have offered some insights into the meanings of the factors, and those interpretations are reflected in the details of this form.
The following four factors are used to determine if a use is fair:
It is important to note that not all uses in an academic context are automatically considered fair use