Laura Highlander

Library & Media Services Coordinator
Phone: 940.393.7200
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Copyright and Fair Use

Per the United States Copyright Office,, "Copyright is a type of intellectual property that protects original works of authorship as soon as an author fixes the work in a tangible form of expression. In copyright law, there are a lot of different types of works, including paintings, photographs, illustrations, musical compositions, sound recordings, computer programs, books, poems, blog posts, movies, architectural works, plays, and so much more!"

Fair use is a limitation on the rights of the copyright holder that allows others to use portions of a copyrighted work or the whole work without permission from the holder (Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act). It is determined by a balanced application of the four factors set forth in the statute:

  1. Purpose of the use

  2. Nature of the copyrighted work

  3. Amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole

  4. Effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.


Disclaimer: This page provides general information related to copyright, but does not provide legal advice.