Fair Use and Copyright


Fair Use

  • What is it?
  • What it does and does not do
  • Two key questions
    • Did the unlicensed use “transform” the material taken from the copyrighted work by using it for a different purpose than that of the original, or did it just repeat the work for the same intent and value as the original?
    • Was the material taken appropriate in kind and amount, considering the nature of the copyrighted work and of the use?

Fair Use for Media Literacy

  • Five Principles – Let’s take a look

Fair Use in Online Video

Attribution/Citation of Sources

  • For online sources, include author/organization/publisher, title/description of asset, date of access and URL.

“The safest course is always to get permission from the copyright owner before using copyrighted material.”

– US Copyright Office


  • Case study 1: Biology class from Upper Merion Area High School in PA creates virtual zoos
  • Case study 2: PSAs on global warming from fourth grade students from Brooklyn, NY

Fair Use Resources

Copyright Resources

Bookmarking Online Resources and Images

Places to Find Copyright-Free Resources*

*Check individual sites and images for copyright, use and attribution information

Copyright Free Music

Fair Use and Copyright 6 January,2012Andrea Aust

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