Many students, teachers, and other people often ask librarians, "Can I copy this as fair use?" Many believe that anything posted on the Web is free for the taking, when in many cases this is not so. Fair Use does lawfully permit limited copying of copyrighted works. However, the amount copied which could be defended as a Fair Use (if called to court for copyright infringement), varies among different audiences. For example, educators or media journalists have a much wider window of Fair Use than for-profit commercial businesses. When there is any doubt, it is always advisable to ask for permission to copy works of others, especially when shared or distributed to multiple recipients. See more about using the works of others from our navigation bar at the left or contact John Schlipp at Steely Library.
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