Fair use is "a legal doctrine that portions of copyrighted materials may be used without permission of the copyright owner provided the use is fair and reasonable, does not substantially impair the value of the materials, and does not curtail the profits reasonably expected by the owner." (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)
"In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include-
The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors." (U.S. Code 17 107)
Each institution has the responsibility to set their own fair use guidelines based on these factors. See the next section for Webster University's policy, and Webster's Fair Use by Use page for specific guidelines on many classroom and research cases.
Webster University complies with all applicable laws and regulations regarding intellectual property. Webster is committed to the full exercise of the rights accorded to users of copyrighted works under the fair use provision of federal copyright law.
It therefore is the policy of Webster University to facilitate the knowledgeable and good faith exercise of full fair use rights by faculty, staff, librarians, and students, in support of the educational purposes of the University including teaching, research, service activities, and related activities. To that end, Webster University will:
Approved by Faculty Assembly and Academic Affairs Deans' Council, February 2004