|I recommend you take a look at James Frankel's text The Teacher's Guide to Music, Media, and Copyright Law, Chapter 4.|
|What is Fair Use? Find out at www.copyright.gov|
|"The fair use of a copyrighted work,
including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by
any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism,
comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom
use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright."
|How do courts determine Fair Use?|
Fair Use is not a "Get
out of Jail Free Card". There is no predetermined formula for
indentifying infringement. Every case is ruled upon based on the
uses of the copyrighted material. However, courts will evaluate
each suit based on the following critea.
|How can I teach my students about Fair Use? Look at the student presentation prepared by the U.S. Copyright Office|
|What is Public Domain? Public Domain is the term used to identify a work that is no longer protected by copyright and can be used free of compensation to create new materials which can be copyrighted by the new creator.|
|When does a work become Public Domain?|