Fair use is a free speech right!
Fair use is a necessary tool for UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff to do our work
Fair use is "a limitation on the exclusive rights of copyright holders. The Copyright Act gives copyright holders the exclusive right to reproduce works for a limited time period. Fair use is a limitation on this right. A use which is considered 'fair' does not infringe copyright, even if it involves one of the exclusive rights of copyright holders. Fair use allows consumers to make a copy of part or all of a copyrighted work, even where the copyright holder has not given permission or objects to your use of the work."
Fair Use is particularly important in academic settings where students, faculty, and researchers are able to legally incorporate copyrighted materials, without permission from the author (but with attribution) in slide shows, book reviews, and classroom lectures.
To learn more about when Fair Use allows you to use copyrighted material without permission from the copyright holder, check out:
Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States to the creators of "original works of authorship" …. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works … [and] generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to reproduce the work in copies; to prepare derivative works based upon the work; to distribute copies; and to perform and display the work publicly. (From the U.S. Copyright Office)
This page provides references to sources related to copyright in higher education for both creators of scholarly information and users; the site is not intended to serve as legal advice.
For users of copyrighted material
Teaching: How do you legally share scholarly works with your students and colleagues?
Research: How do you incorporate copyrighted material into your scholarship?
By Documentary Film Program, 2007
Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University created this humorous, yet informative, review of copyright principles delivered through the words of the very folks we can thank for nearly endless copyright terms. Distributed on DVD by The Media Education Foundation.
from the Blue & Gold, 1922
University of California | Copyright (from UC Office of the President)
Copyright and Fair Use (From Stanford University Libraries)
Copyright Basics (PDF) (From the U.S. Copyright Office)
Copyright Basics (from the Columbia University Libraries/Copyright Advisory Office)
Copyright Resources on the Web (from the March 2007 issue of C&RL News)