The following four factors are used to determine if a use is fair:
* Not all uses in an academic context are automatically considered fair use!
The Fair Use Doctrine is probably the most important exemption to copyright protections for educational settings, allowing many uses of copyrighted works for the purposes of teaching and research. While complex, Fair Use is incredibly useful to know.
Created by librarians at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, a list of common Fair Use scenarios are available in their own tab under Fair Use.
Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University created a humorous, yet informative, review of copyright principles delivered through the words of Disney characters -- an ironic bit of commentary given Disney's key role in lengthening copyright terms.