Creative Commons, OERs and Beyond

Fair Use

Fair use refers to the limited use allowed by the public and educators of otherwise copyright protected works.  It is an exception to the legal requirements that reproduction or use of copyrighted works be licensed. 

In the United States there are is a four-step test to determine if a use of a copyrighted work falls within fair use:

  1. The purpose and character of use
  2. The nature of the copyrighted work
  3. The amount and sustainability of the portion taken
  4. The effect of the use upon the potential market

A sampling of the many articles that have been published related to Fair Use, 
that are currently available through the Cairn University Library.

Links to documents related to Fair Use.

Links to websites with more information about Fair Use.