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Fair Use Guidelines


United States Copyright Law (US Code, Title 17, section 107 includes a provision for fair use. Fair use of a copyrighted item allows limited reproduction without requiring permission from the rights holders, such as use for research, review, instruction, or private use. It provides for the legal, non-licensed citation ot incorporation of copyrighted material in another author's work so long as that use takes into consideration the following four factors:

  • the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;

  • the nature of the copyrighted work;

  • the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and

  • the effect if the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

Please read Hamilton College's Copyright Policy statement, which has sections on the fair use of music, video, and images in classrooms. See also the article below by Mary Minow and the Checklist for Fair Use .

A copyrighted digital work submitted to HDR, will probably qualify for fair use, only if viewing the object is restricted to students enrolled in a College course or if the amount of the material used is small. See for Hamilton College's

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(Reviewed: September 27, 2010)