Getting Started

Please be aware that this is not legal advice.

This is Emerson College's page about Fair Use and how it applies to faculty use of copyrighted work in the physical and virtual classroom.

Building awareness of this information is crucial, especially now, as textbooks and full-length movies are accessible with just a mouse click. This site is meant to be a stepping stone to assist faculty judgment as to what is lawful versus what is potential infringement. As with all education, this is an ongoing process where we must collaborate both to protect Emerson and also ensure we do not limit our resources for students.

We built a tool to help you determine whether your use of material complies with the four factors of Fair Use. It may prove helpful to have a copy of its output as a record of your intention to comply with copyright law.

Try it!

Fair Use Tool »

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