What can be copied and still stay within the “FAIR USE” guidelines?

  • Single copying of any of the following for scholarly research or for use in teaching or preparation to teach a class:
    • a chapter from a book (never the entire book)
    • an article from a periodical or newspaper
    • a short story, short essay, or short poem
    • a chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon, or picture from a book, periodical, or newspaper
  • Multiple copies for classroom use (not to exceed in any event more than one per student in a course) for discussion in class. Copying by faculty must meet the tests of brevity, spontaneity and cumulative:
    • Brevity (shortness) refers to how much of the work you can copy.
    • Spontaneity refers to how many times you can copy. (I call this the “One Semester Rule”); that no more than one article or two excerpts can be copies from the same author; that no more than three articles can be copied from the same collective work or periodical during one class term.


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