Re: Copyright clearence

Stephen O'Riordan (
Mon, 18 Nov 1996 09:04:51 -0800


Thanks for the info. I never thought of Fair Use. I just assumed
publication (of any sort) = copyright clearence. I will pass this along.
Again thanks for the tip.



At 09:17 PM 11/15/96 -0800, you wrote:
> I am not a lawyer, but here is what I think is the relevant part of
>the copyright law in this instance:
>Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, 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. In determining whether the use
>made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be
>considered shall include -
> (1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether
> such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit
> educational purposes;
> (2) the nature of the copyrighted work;
> (3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in
> relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
> (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value
> of the copyrighted work. The fact that a work is unpublished
> shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made
> upon consideration of all the above factors.
>It would appear from comparing this part of the statute to what you
>described as the situation with your faculty member's use, that his use
>would most likely fall under "fair use" and not require any payment. He
>should probably check with his publisher and the university attorney to
>verify this interpretation. Please let us know what the final outcome is.
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