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Copyright Resources for Faculty: Fair Use

Fair Use Definition

The Fair Use Doctrine allows for some copyrighted material to be used in education settings, with some restrictions. Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act allows a determination to be made along 4 factors: (1) the purpose of the use; (2) the nature of the work used; (3) the amount and substantiality of the work used; and (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the work used.

This determination must be made each time one wants to use a copyrighted work in a class. See the Resources box below for a link to tool to help you make your own Fair Use determination.

Fair Use Resources

Scanning Request Form

Our Resource Sharing department will scan portions of a book/text for Canvas as long as the Library or faculty member owns a copy of the work. Complete the online form to make your request.

The Library will not scan any resource requested through OhioLink.