Answered By: Robyn Williams
Last Updated: Sep 11, 2014     Views: 43

While fair use includes uses for teaching, scholarship, and research, you still must consider the four factors of fair use.

Remember, fair use is not blanket protection; rather, it is a defense that will be considered if you are ever brought into a courtroom.  Therefore, you can’t make a blanket statement such as, “making photocopies for students is a violation of copyright.”  Each instance is different, and must be evaluated as such.

It is the responsibility of the person using the work to weigh all four factors of fair use when deciding whether a use is infringement of copyright.

If in doubt about issues concerning copyright, please contact legal counsel. 

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