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This guide introduces the fundamentals of copyright for the purposes of teaching, writing, and publishing.

The Four Factors

Fair Use is any copying of copyrighted material done for a limited and “transformative” purpose, such as to comment upon, criticize, or parody a copyrighted work.  Most fair use analysis are usually either commentary and criticism or parody.

The material must meet the four factors in order to be considered Fair Use.

  1. the purpose and character of your use
  2. the nature of the work you are using
  3. the amount and substantiality of the portion used
  4. the effect of your use on the potential market

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