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Copyright and the United States
Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution states:
"The Congress shall have power...To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries..."
Public Domain Day 2021
On January 1, 2021, copyrighted works from 1925 entered the US public domain. From Duke's Center for the Study of the Public Domain.
What is Fair Use?
Not sure exactly what fair use means? The U.S. Copyright Office outlines the situations and uses that qualify as fair use.
Fair Use Evaluation
Wondering if your use of copyrighted material qualifies as fair use? Enter your information into this tool and it will help you decide. If you don't understand fair use, complete the informational module.
Fair Use Checklist
Use this printable sheet to evaluate your use of materials to determine if it is fair use. The list comes from Columbia University.
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Educational Resources
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