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Scholarly Communication: Fair Use

This guide is for UNLV authors. It provides resources on open access, publishing, bibliometrics, and more.

Fair Use: Limitations on Exclusive Rights in Copyrighted Works

There are four factors of Fair Use to consider when evaluating your use of a copyrighted work.

  1. the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
  2. the nature of the copyrighted work;
  3. the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
  4. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

While the library cannot provide legal advice, there are many helpful resources about copyright and fair use available. In addition to the US Copyright Law, additional Fair Use references are listed below.

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