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According to Fairfield University's Mission statement, our "primary objectives are to develop the creative, intellectual potential of our students, and to foster in them ethical and religious values and a sense of social responsibility."

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Fair Use

What is Fair Use? If you want to determine whether you have the right to use a copyrighted work, ask yourself questions about your intended use of the material. The text below is directly from the Copyright Law of the United States of America.

"§ 107 . Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use40

Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords 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 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.

The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors."


To keep up on the current legal aspects of Fair Use, see Stanford University's Fair Use page.




Fair Use is a Right!

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