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Ethical Use of Information: Copyright

This guide provides information and links about copyright.

Copyright put simply......

The copyright bargain: a balance between protection for the artist and rights for the consumer. Robin Gross

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US Copyright Office -

101 Independence Ave. S.E.

Washington, D.C. 20559-6000

(202) 707–3000 or 1 (877) 476–0778 (toll free)


Copyright Law of the United States -



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Fair Use

Five Rules Regarding "Fair Use"

There are five basic rules to keep in mind when deciding whether or not a particular use of an author's work is a fair use.

  • Rule 1: Are You Creating Something New or Just Copying?
  • Rule 2: Are Your Competing With the Source You're Copying From?
  • Rule 3: Giving the Author Credit Does Not Always Let You Off the Hook
  • Rule 4: The More You Take, the Less Fair Your Use Is Likely to Be
  • Rule 5: The Quality of the Material Used Is as Important as the Quantity

Stim, Richard (NOLO). (2018). Five Rules Regarding Fair Use. The 'Fair Use' rule: When use of copyrighted material is acceptable.  Retrieved from

Read the whole article here: The 'Fair Use' Rule: When Use of Copyrighted Material Is Acceptable -

More information on Fair Use:


Using copyright correctly

Copyright Clearance Center

Copyright - American Library Association

Fair Use Evaluator
This evaluator allows you to gauge whether you are within the limits of fair use when making use of works of literature, music, books and electronic resources for teaching purposes.

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