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Copyright & Fair Use

Video Thumbnail: Educational Uses (U.S. Copyright Office)
Video: Educational Uses (U.S. Copyright Office)

According to the U.S. Copyright Office publication Copyright Basics, “copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U. S. Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works.” Students and employees must comply with these copyright laws, as well as with the VSC Copyright Policy (416).

Fair Use is a part of copyright law (section 107 of U.S. Code Title 17) that allows exceptions to copyright law for the needs of students and teachers, among other uses.  Fair Use is a legal term, it is not a right of use, and only a court can decide what is considered 'fair use.' However, U.Sl laws allows for an informed fair use anlyssis by anyone.  It is expected to be done in good faith following four main factors. For ease of consideration they are often described by the acronym PANE.

Photo attribution::Doctrine of fair use by Nick Youngson CC BY-SA 3.0 Pix4free

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