Honoring Copyright

Fair Use Guidelines provide an exception to infringement in U.S. Copyright Law.

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To be considered Fair Use, your use of a copyrighted image, video or publication should generally meet these requirements:

  1. Your intent is educational, without foreseeable profit.
  2. The nature of the copyrighted material .
  3. You are not using a significant proportion of the whole copyrighted item.
  4. You will not disrupt the value (financial, cultural or otherwise) of the copyrighted material.

For additional reading, explore this worksheet and see the Cornell Copyright Information Center.

What is the Public Domain

Any work that is no longer protected by copyright (due to expiration or forfeiture) are considered in the public domain. Examples include plays by Shakespeare. 

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