American History Research Guide 2011

Pensacola Lighthouse

Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record

The tiny print - Section 107: Limitations on exclusive rights: fair use

Notwithstanding the provisions of section 106, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phone records or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use, the factors to be considered shall include:


1)         The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;

2)         The nature of the copyrighted works;

3)         The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and

The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work. (Added Pub. L 94-553, Title I, October 19, 1976, 90 Stat 25546)

2011 Research Guide