"There's no one right answer as to what constitutes a "fair use" of a particular copyrighted work. The answer varies from situation to situation."
Please be advised that courts are not bound by established standards or guidelines and the Copyright Act contains no such standards. Therefore, we advise that you conduct your own fair use evaluation.
Using Materials Found on the Internet
Multimedia works are created by combining copyrighted elements such as movies, music, sounds, graphics, and text. It is recommended that you use only small portions of other people's works.
CONFU recommendations allow you to use small portions of multimedia works without obtaining copyright permissions. In following CONFU guidelines you may:
Give attribution to the original source (i.e. cite your source!) of all copyrighted material that you use.
For help in making a fair use evaluation, please see the "Fair Use Checklist", below. Another excellent resource to use is the ALA's Fair Use Evaluator.
There's no one right answer as to what constitutes a "fair use" of a particular copyrighted work. The answer varies from situation to situation. A good point to consider is this: Have you made a "good faith" effort to comply with the "fair use" clause of U.S. Copyright Law? "Four factors" are considered in all fair use evaluations. They are:
These four factors are not meant to be exclusive and must be examined together. The statute does not indicate how much weight is to be accorded each factor. Historically the courts have placed the most emphasis on "effect", while the "nature" of the copyrighted work is usually considered to be the least important factor.