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An event celebrating the important doctrines of fair use in the United States and fair dealing in Canada and elsewhere.

Fair Use and Fair Dealing

Fair Use is an exemption of U.S. Copyright Law 17 U.S. Code § 107 which allows anyone to use the copyrighted works of others without permission when the circumstances of the use are Fair, rather than infringing, based on 4 factors. Only a court can decide what is truly “fair use.” However, U.S. law allows anyone to conduct a well-informed fair use analysis in good faith to determine if their proposed use of copyrighted material is more fair or more infringing. Fair Dealing is a similar provision in Canada and the United Kingdom.


Fair Use Week ContestCongratulations to Our 2017 Fair Use Week Contest Awardees!

Project descriptions on the Fair Use Week Contest page.

Please join us in congratulating our Fair Use Contest awardees on their accomplishments! Awards presented at the Fair Use Contest Showcase and Awards reception in Newman Library, April 5th, 2017. 

1st Prize - Dien Vo, Instructor in the School of Performing Arts, Cinema; Writer, Director, and Editor, for a Film demonstrating fair use of copyrighted materials

2nd Prize - Sreyoshi Bhaduri, Ph.D. candidate, Engineering Education, design and development, for an infographic for graduate students about fair use of copyrighted materials

Honorable Mention - Jennifer Yang, Undergraduate in Animal and Poultry Sciences, producer and musician, for an audio submission and discussion of fair use of music performance and lyrics




Fair Use: 4 Factors



Events & Workshops


What is Fair Use?

"A Fair(y) Use Tale" - Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University created this humorous, yet informative, review of U.S. copyright principles, including Fair Use - delivered through the words of Disney characters -- an ironic bit of commentary given Disney's key role in lengthening copyright terms. 

The video is is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License.

*The version shown here was uploaded to YouTube to add closed captions and maintains the same Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License.