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Answered By Library Staff
Last Updated: Apr 19, 2017     Views: 11

Fair Use is one of the exceptions to copyright law. To evaluate whether something is fair use you must weigh the following four factors: 

1) Purpose and character of the use, including whether the use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes

2) Nature of the copyrighted work

3) Amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole

4) Effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work

If you determine that your use of the copyrighted work does not fall within the fair use exception, you may always leave the textbook on reserve in the library for your students to read.