Is It Fair Use?

Fair use is a part of US Copyright Law that allows you limited opportunities to use copyrighted materials without permission. Whether a use is "fair" or not can only be determined by a judge. However, private websites (like Youtube, Instagram, or Facebook) may still delete your content whether or not you have a Fair Use exception.

This website is not meant to substitute a consultation with a licensed attorney, nor can it give you a conclusive determination about whether a particular creation is protected by Fair Use. However, it will help you to identify and think through about copyright issues that may exist in your project, and can help you determine how best to proceed.

Remember that Fair Use is only a defense to copyright infringement, so should be used as a last resort. Consider situations where copyright may not apply, such as: