What is “fair use”?
Answered By: Su Kim Chung
Last Updated: Jul 21, 2015

Fair use is a limitation and exception to the exclusive right of a copyright owner to control reproduction of his or her work.  Section 107 of copyright law lists various purposes for when a reproduction might be fair, including criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research.  Also see the Copyright Office’s fact sheet on fair use.