Fair Use is defined in section 107 of the Copyright Act and it states that a work can be used for criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship or research. There are 4 factors that the government uses to determine Fair Use:
  1. The purpose of the use such as making money, education or non-profit
  2. The nature of the copyrighted work
  3. The amount used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
  4. The effect of the use upon the potential profit to be made from the copyrighted work.

Here is a Fair Use Rule Table to follow when you are unsure of how much of a creative work you are allowed to use:

Fair Use Table
If you want to learn more about Fair Use, you can visit this site:

CyberBee Interactive Tool that answers basic questions about copyright.
http://moodle.esasd.net/moodle/course/view.php?id=837 - Contains interactive table on determing if something is in public domain. Also haslots of links to copyright resources,


Click on this Copyright Quiz Link. When the new window opens, you will need to type your FIRST and LAST name. Then click on Login and read the directions. You will need to scroll down the screen and click on Take Quiz in the bottom right hand corner. Five questions are short answer and five are multiple choice. There are two EXTRA CREDIT questions. Good luck!