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Copyright & Fair Use
The UW-Whitewater libraries are unable to provide specific legal advice to people about questions of copyright and fair use. If you are in search of legal advice, consult a lawyer.
The Internet is full of websites that can help you find pertinent information, such as these:
Checklist for Fair Use
The University Libraries at the University of Louisville have created this handy checklist for determining whether something would be considered fair use. It is based on a work by the Copyright Management Center.
Copyright Law of the United States
Title 17 of the United States Code with appendices and related provisions.
The Stanford University Libraries have collected information relevant to fair use on one handy website. Sections include:
-What Is Fair Use?
-Measuring Fair Use: The Four Factors
-Summaries of Fair Use Cases
-Disagreements Over Fair Use: When Are You Likely to Get Sued?
U.S. Copyright Office
The U. S. Copyright Office was created by Congress in 1897. It is a separate federal department within the Library of Congress, under the general oversight of the Librarian, pursuant to specific statutory authorities set forth in the United States Copyright Act. Official information is accessible here.
U.S. Copyright Office Fair Use Index
Look for legal cases related to fair use.
Using Works in Your Teaching--What You Can Do: Tips for Faculty and Teaching Assistants in Higher Education
Topics covered in the brochure include: fair use, the advantage of linking to instead of copying works, and special provisions for displaying or performing works in classes. Includes a one-page "Know Your Copy Rights" chart that highlights 24 situations when various categories of works can be used. By the Association of Research Libraries.