The measures listed here provide guidance for the use, without
permission, of copyrighted works when creating educational multimedia
products. These projects may incorporate original material as well as
copyrighted motion media, music, text material, and graphic
illustrations. If you follow the guidelines below, it is highly likely
that your use will be considered fair use.
Guidelines For Student Use
Students may incorporate copyrighted material into projects
created as part of a specific course. They may use this project in the
course and may later incorporate it into a portfolio used for job
interviews and for application to graduate school.
Guidelines For Faculty Use
Faculty may use copyrighted material when creating an
educational presentation to be used in support of instructional
activities at an educational institution. They may also use this
material for a presentation at a professional conference or workshop and
as part of their professional portfolio.
The fair use of copyrighted material in multimedia projects
lasts for two years. If you wish to use the material beyond a two-year
period, you must obtain permission to do so.
Permissible Amounts (By Types of Media)
- Print material:
- Up to 10% of the total or 1,000 words, whichever is less.
- An entire poem of less than 250 words may be used, but
no more than three poems by a single poet or a total of five poems by
different authors from the same anthology. If a poem exceeds 250 words,
you can use up to 250 words, but no more than three excerpts from a
single poet or five excerpts from a poems within a single anthology.
- Illustrations or photographs:
- No more than five images from one artist or photographer
- No more than 10% or fifteen images, whichever is less, from a collection
- Motion media:
- Up to 10% of the total item or three minutes, whichever is less
- Music, lyrics, and music video:
- Up to 10% of the total work but no more than 30 seconds of the music or lyrics from an individual musical work
- Numerical data sets:
- Up to 10% or 2,500 fields or cell entries, whichever is less, of the total work
- Copying a multimedia project:
- There may be no more than two copies made of a project
Please remember that the guidelines above only define the
limits of fair use. If you are intending to use a project for commercial
or non-educational purposes or are intending to duplicate and
distribute the project beyond the scope permitted by these above
guidelines, you must first obtain permission to do so from the copyright
holder of each copyrighted work included within the project. If you
need assistance obtaining permission, contact the Course Reserves and Copyright Services office.
For More Information
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video