Copyright & Fair Use | Process |

Copyright & Fair Use | Process |


Getting Started

What is copyright? Copyright is a form of intellectual property, enforced through laws that enable the creator of an original work to receive compensation for their intellectual work (usually for a limited period of time).

What is Fair Use? Fair Use allows for a limitation and exception to copyright law. In other words, you can use someone’s work without asking their permission or paying a royalty fee. Examples of Fair Use exemptions include parody, criticism, commentary, search engines, research, teaching, library archiving, and scholarship. Typically, Fair Use can be judged on four factors: purpose and character; nature of the copied work; amount and substantiality; and effect upon work’s value.

Educate yourself about your institution’s copyright and fair use policies (librarians are a great resource for questions about copyright). TCU’s IT website has a page on Copyright and Plagiarism (includes information on fair use).