Consider four factors (purpose, nature, amount, effect) when weighing whether use of a copyrighted source falls under educational fair use guidelines as defined by Section 107 of the Copyright Law of the United States of America. One way to establish if an instance constitutes educational fair use is to complete the following questionnaire and analyze the results to determine if your proposed use is justified under fair use interpretation.
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Pro Fair Use (Affirmative answers to these questions are weighted toward fair use.)
Con Fair Use (Affirmative answers to these questions are weighted against fair use.)
NOTE: When using a work for educational distribution or class readings (other than for a one timespontaneous use), positive responses to con factors below indicate that a copyright violation is likely to occur.
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