Section 107 of the Copyright Act provides the statutory framework for determining whether something is classified as Fair Use.
Fair use is an important part of U.S. copyright law as it provides a means of balancing users’ needs against the exclusive rights of copyright holders. Fair use is not a straightforward concept, rather, any fair use analysis must be conducted on a case by case basis, considering factors and the individual circumstances at hand; it does not guarantee against a claim of copyright infringement.
The Four Factors Determining Fair Use:
Resources to help determine Fair Use:
Fair Use Evaluator offers step-by-step guidance to determine the "fairness" of a use under the U.S. Copyright Code; collect, organize & archive the information you might need to support a fair use evaluation; and provide access to educational materials, external copyright resources, and contact information for copyright help at local & national levels.