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Fair Use

Tips and tricks to support fair use at the University of Chicago.

Evaluation Tools

Determining fair use is sometimes tricky. Here are some tools that can help you think through your needs and if fair use applies to your situation.

Understanding Copyright - Fair Use Checklist

  • A checklist to assist your determination of whether your proposed use of a copyrighted work is “fair use” under the Copyright Act

Fair Use Evaluator

  • Interactive guide introducing the four factors of fair use (purpose, nature, amount, effect) to help users make an evaluation of the work they want to use fairly.
  • Created by the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy.

Thinking Through Fair Use

  • Walks users through thinking about fair use. (Based on the Fair Use Checklist developed at Columbia University Libraries.)
  • Created by the University of Minnesota Libraries.