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Copyright Toolkit - Fair Use

Fair use allows users of copyrighted works the right to exercise without permission some of the rights normally reserved for copyright owners. This concept is used as a defense in a court of law. Determining what might be considered a fair use in court is an ambiguous and uncertain process. These tools can assist you in assessing whether a use of a copyrighted work might be considered a fair use.

This toolkit was not prepared by an attorney and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

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Maintained by the Copyright Advisory Office at Columbia University, this checklist can assist in evaluating whether or not a use of a copyrighted work might be considered a fair use.

This tool, developed by Michael Brewer in cooperation with the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy, can help assist in evaluating whether or not use of a copyrighted work could be considered a "fair use" under the United States Copyright Law.