Fair Use Checklist

According to the Copyright Office of the United States, "The distinction between 'fair use' and infringement may be unclear and not easily defined. There is no specific number of words, lines, or notes that may safely be taken without permission." (Fact Sheet FL-102) The fact sheet also explains the four criteria listed in the 1976 Copyright Law to determine fair use.

  • Purpose
      How will the work be used by you?
  • Nature
      What is the nature of the work?
  • Amount
      How much of the work do you plan to copy?
  • Effect
      As a result of your copies, will the copyright holder be deprived of sales revenue?

Fair Use Checklist

A Fair Use Check List is part of Schoolcraft College Policy 3112. Schoolcraft College employees may use this checklist while trying to decide if they need to get permission from the copyright holder to reproduce material or whether the reproduction meets fair use criteria. A modified version of this checklist is also available as a handout from Resources for Writers.

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