In general, Copyright Law prohibits reproducing and distributing copyrighted works. However, the "Fair Use Doctrine" (Section 107) allows a limited amount of copying for purposes such as teaching and scholarship. In determining whether the use made of a work in a particular case is a Fair Use, the four factors to be considered include:
Fair Use raises many questions, and can be a persistent source of concern for teachers. The most important point to remember is that Fair Use is both a right and a privilege, and does provide a substantial degree of freedom and protection for teachers. However, that freedom can be challenged, and in reality most educational institutions do not have the resources, skill, or will to engage in long and expensive legal battles over this issue. This guide is a way for you to judge for yourself if you are meeting the spirit and the letter of the law.
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