The following guidelines are based on U.S. Copyright law which differs from those of other countries. There are not set or hard numbers (i.e. 5% of a video) for Fair Use practices as it is open to individual interpertation. The guidelines below are a starting point and a Fair Use chart, checklist, or calculator should also be consulted.
There are no set rules for the amount of a work used when evaluating fair use. The following guidelines are based on the minimum standards established under Section 107 of H.R. 2223 by the Ad Hoc Committee on Copyright Law Revision.
Guidelines for single copying of books and periodicals
Guidelines for multiple copies for classroom use
The following guidelines were developed and approved in April 1976 by the Music Publishers’ Association of the United States, Inc., the National Music Publishers’ Association, Inc., the Music Teachers National Association, the Music Educators National Conference, the National Association of Schools of Music, and the Ad Hoc Committee on Copyright Law Revision.
Prohibited from copying for educational use of music
When using the work of others you must first determine if copyright permission is required. If a work is in the public domain, then you can use it legally without permission from the copyright owner. If the work is protected by copyright law, you should consider the following:
When an instructor downloads a full-text document for students and posts it online, they risk violating copyright. An alternative to uploading full-text documents, images, or streaming media to a web page or Canvas is to provide students with permalink to library resources. Please note that licenses generally prohibit downloading content onto another server, even for use in a Moodle course site or when placing an item on E-Reserve.
Before posting copyrighted works, or portions of such works as course content in electronic form, instructors must:
For more information about linking to library resources, visit the guide below.