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Film Studies

Film course guide including law and copyright guidelines

Fair Use

You are probably on this page because you could not get a satisfactory answer from the previous page. Copyright is murky, but there is some guidance and flexbilility.  The Copyright Law contains a provision called Fair Use (Section 107). The Fair Use factors assist you in determining what is allowed.

  1. The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes.
  2. The nature of the copyrighted work.
  3. The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole.
  4. The effect of the use upon the potential market for, or value of, the copyrighted work.

The Fair Use factors must be considered together; no single factor trumps the other.