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Fair Use Week

Join us in celebrating Fair Use Week, a time to "promote and discuss the opportunities presented, celebrate successful stories, and explain the doctrine!" The issue of Fair Use is significant to all students as it personally impacts the world of education and intellectual property every day. Keep reading to find out helpful tips and resources for further reading and research.

What is Fair Use?

Fair Use is dictated by Title 17, Section 107 and it is protection against claims of copyright infringement. Stanford University describes fair use as "any copying of copyrighted material done for a limited and “transformative” purpose, such as to comment upon, criticize, or parody a copyrighted work."

Four Factors

At this point you might be wondering how to judge whether or not a use of intellectual property is fair. The following four factors are used to determine just that!

  1. The purpose and character of the use
  2. The nature of the copyrighted work
  3. The amount or substainability of the portion used
  4. The effect of use on the potential market for or value of the work

Helpful Links

Books and eBooks Available at Dewey

  • Bracha, O. (2016). Owning ideas: The intellectual origins of American intellectual property, 1790-1909. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
    Online / KF2979 .B66 2016
  • Drassinower, A. (2015). What's wrong with copying? Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
    Online / K1447.15 .D73 2015
  • Ferullo, D.L. (2014). Managing copyright in higher education: A guidebook. Lanham, MA: Rowman & Littlefield
    Dewey Library / Z642 .F47 2014
  • Frederiksen, L. (2016). The copyright librarian: A practical handbook. Boston, MA: Elsevier.
    Online / Z649.L53 F74 2016
  • Postigo, H. (2012). The digital rights movement: The role of technology in subverting digital copyright. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
    Dewey Library / K 1447.95 P67 2012

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