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Copyright and Ivy Tech Community College: Fair Use

Fair Use Doctrine

One of the more important limitations is the doctrine of “fair use.” The doctrine of fair use has developed through a substantial number of court decisions over the years and has been codified in section 107 of the copyright law.

Fair Use

Fair Use


Requirements for the use of copyright-protected content in distance education:

·         Be an accredited, non-profit educational institution.

·         Develop and implement copyright policies.

·         Provide students with information on copyright laws and compliance.

·         Notify students that course materials may be subject to copyright protection.

·         Use technical controls that limit access to copyright-protected content to enrolled students and that prevent storage and dissemination of copyright-protected works.

Permitted uses of copyright-protected content in the distance education:

·         Performances of non-dramatic literary and musical works.

·         Performances of "reasonable and limited portions" of any other type of work.


Fair Use Checklist

This is a Fair Use checklist which needs to be used prior to using any copyright material without the generally required permission.