Determining if your use is fair
Use this checklist to assist your determination of whether your proposed use of a copyrighted work is “fair use” under the Copyright Act.
If you cannot complete the checklist or have questions about its use, help is available.
"Fair use" is a provision of the Copyright Act that provides that certain uses of copyrighted works do not constitute copyright infringement. The Copyright Act establishes a four factor test, the "fair use test," to determine whether a use of a copyrighted work is fair use that does not require the permission of the copyright owner. The Copyright Information Center provides additional background information about fair use to help you.
If you are seeking to use a digitized version of a copyright work (such as a PDF or other electronic copy on a Canvas site), remember that many works are licensed by the University of Chicago Library and can be accessed through the Library’s electronic resources. Because of the inherent subjectivity in determinations of fair use under the Copyright Act, in most cases linking to licensed resources is preferable to relying on fair use to establish your right to use copyrighted materials. The Library also makes available additional information about how to create links to licensed resources within Canvas or e-reserves.
Adapted with permission from the Copyright Advisory Office at Columbia University, Kenneth D. Crews, director (www.copyright.columbia.edu).