Copyright law protects many different types of creative works, including books, articles, blogs, videos, music, pictures, architecture, and even choreography. Authors and creators are given certain exclusive rights in the creative works they create. But fair use is an important limit on those exclusive rights; a fair use of a work is not considered a copyright infringement.

Fair use makes it possible for students to copy, critique, adapt, and share copyrighted works, inside and outside of the classroom, without having to seek permission from the copyright owner.

What makes a use a fair use? To determine if a use is a fair use, you must consider the following factors:

  1. Purpose and character of the use;
  2. Nature of the copyrighted work;
  3. Amount and sustantiality of the portion used; and
  4. Effect of the use on the market of the copyrighted work.

Join University Libraries on Thursday, February 27 at the Research Commons to learn more about the four fair use factors and your rights under the law. This event is offered as part of Fair Use Week. Attendees will have the opportunity to work through a fair use analysis while making their own creative work using materials from the Ohio State Libraries’ collections.

Register for the Bringing Fair Use to Life workshop at the Research Commons: https://library.osu.edu/researchcommons/event/fair-use0227

Written by Maria Scheid, Public Services Coordinator at Copyright Services, The Ohio State University Libraries.

Learn more about Copyright Services and University Libraries: go.osu.edu/copyright