The Fair Use Doctrine is probably the most important exemption to copyright protections for educational settings, allowing many uses of copyrighted works for the purposes of teaching and research. However, the complexity of fair use mean individuals in academia must make judgments concerning how to implement it in a manner consistent with the legal standards and practice.
The following four factors are used to determine if a use is fair:
* Not all uses in an academic context are automatically considered fair use!
Fair Use is a concept embedded in U.S. law that recognizes that certain uses of copyright-protected works do not require permission from the copyright holder.