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Fair Use : Fair Use Evaluation Tools

A guide to fair use and copyright, and how those subjects relate to academic teaching.

Fair Use Evaluation Tools

We recommend using these handy checklists to guide your decision-making. It is also advised to maintain notes of your use of these checklists for your records.

Fair Use Checklist

The Columbia Fair Use Checklist is a widely-used and straightforward tool to help educators, librarians, and others make a fair use determination on the use of a copyrighted work.

Fair Use Evaluator

The Fair Use Evaluator is an interactive tool that takes you step-by-step through the factors of fair use and offers a possible determination on this use based upon your responses. The resource provides you with a time-stamped .pdf document to assist with record-keeping.

Exceptions for Instructors eTools

The U.S. Copyright Code provides for the educational use of copyrighted material without the permission of the copyright holder under certain conditions. To find out if your intended use meets the requirements set out in the law, use this free, online tool.  It provides you with a PDF summary.

Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.