Copyright & Fair Use

It is important to respect the works and creations of others. Consequently, the United States sets forth numerous federal laws protecting the works of others. The REALTOR® University Library takes these laws seriously.

U.S. Copyright Law- Special Copyright Provisions for Academia

The Copyright Act contains specific exceptions for the use of copyright-protected materials by academic institutions. These provisions include:

Source: The Campus Guide to Copyright Compliance

Read the full text of The Copyright Law below.

December 2011, Complete version

December 2011, By chapter

Fair Use, per U.S. Copyright Law

“The doctrine of fair use…has been codified in section 107 of the copyright law.

Section 107 contains a list of the various purposes for which the reproduction of a particular work may be considered fair, such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Section 107 also sets out four factors to be considered in determining whether or not a particular use is fair:

  1. The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of 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
  4. The effect of the use upon the potential market for, or value of, the copyrighted work”

Source: FL-102. U.S. Copyright Office, November 2009.

Read more about Fair Use in Section 107 (page 19) of the Copyright Law of the United States.