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Copyright Law

Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17)

Classroom Use Exemption


Limitations on Exclusive Rights: Exemption of Certain Performances and Displays (Title 17, Section 110)

Overview - classroom exemption

Exceptions and Limitations - Copyright’s Built-In Loopholes (University of Minnesota Libraries)

Tools - Classroom exemption

Exceptions for Instructors eTool (American Library Association)

Fair Use


Limitations on Exclusive Rights: Fair Use (Title 17, Section 107)

Overview - fair use

Understanding Fair Use (University of Minnesota Libraries)

U.S. Copyright Office Fair Use Index (scroll down to About Fair Use)

Best Practices - FAIR USE

Please note these are only suggested guidelines and are not legally binding.

Codes of Best Practices (Center for Media & Social Impact)

Educational Uses of Non-Coursepack Materials (Rich Stim)

Reproduction of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians (Circular 21, U.S. Copyright Office)

Tools - FAIR USE

Fair Use Checklist (Metropolitan Community College)

Fair Use Evaluator (American Library Association)

Creative Commons

Creative Commons (Florida Atlantic University Libraries)

Creative Commons (University of Texas Libraries)

Public Domain

Public Domain (Florida Atlantic University Libraries)


The following websites will help you determine if a work is in the public domain.

The Copyright Genie (American Library Association)

Copyright Term and the Public Domain (Cornell University Library)

Public Domain Slider (American Library Association)

Additional Resources

Copyright for Libraries (American Library Association)

Copyright for Teaching and Instruction (Florida Atlantic University Libraries)