February 20-24 is Fair Use Week, and this year Snell Library is focusing on the arts. Come and make a collage with us…details below! What is fair use? It’s a right granted to us that allows us to use copyrighted materials without permission from the copyright holder, under certain circumstances. The central purpose of the doctrine of fair use is to encourage creative expression and innovation through the transformative use of intellectual property. It is part of U.S. copyright law. People often ask, “how much of someone else’s work can I use without asking permission and have it be considered fair use?” The answer is “it depends.” Fairness is something that needs to be assessed for each potential usage, against four factors:
- The intended purpose and character of the use, such as whether it’s for commercial or noncommercial, educational use.
- The nature of the copyrighted work – is it factual or creative?
- The amount of the portion to be used in relation to the entire work.
- The effect of the use on the potential market for the original work.
- College Art Association: Intellectual Property and the Arts: Appropriation
- Graphic Artists Guild: Fair Use or Infringement?