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Copyright Guide

Your guide to copyright and fair use

Copyright Resources

Copyright framework

The following four factors are used to determine if a use is fair:

  1. The purpose of the use. Is it educational? Commercial?
  2. The nature of the copyrighted work
  3. The amount of the material used (the greater the amount copied, the less likely it is fair use)
  4. The effect of use on the potential market for or value of the work


Music copyright includes multiple rights -- copyright of composition and performance copyright.

Online Video


Three Helpful Questions for Transformative Use:

1. Does the new work add something new to the original work?

2. Does the new work have a further purpose or different character than the original?

3. Does the new work alter the original work with new expression, meaning or, message?

Copyright for Educators and Librarians: Kevin Smith, MLS, JD; Lisa A. Macklin, MLS, JD; Anne Gilliland MLS, JD