Just in time for the new semester, we have created a Copyright Guide focusing on the basics of copyright, fair use, ethical use of images, and websites that will assist you in correctly using materials for your classes.
A Quick note on Fair Use
To determine fair use, you want to look at the Four Factors:
- Factor 1 – The Purpose of Your Use – Do you seek commercial gain, or are you using these for scholarship, teaching, or writing a paper?
- Factor 2 – The Nature of Your Use – Characteristics of the work itself are important in looking at fair use. Are you using a very highly creative work? If so, the judgment might be against its use as fair use.
- Factor 3 – The Amount of the Work You Use – Are you trying to use an entire book, a chapter, or an art image?
- Factor 4 – How the Potential Market for the Work Will Be Impacted by your Use – If you copy 100 book chapters, that is 100 copies pulled from the market.
If you have questions about copyright, please contact Jerry Mackay, Associate Dean of the Library, at 847-214-7597.