The intellectual property copyright owner has exclusive rights guaranteed by the Copyright Law. But on the other hand, educators have been given certain, restrictive guarantees, that is, privileges, on the use of that copyrighted material as well [see Exclusive Rights and Fair Use]. These guarantees and privileges for educators fall under the concept of fair use. The restrictions on the fair use privilege of copyrighted intellectual property is defined by the Copyright Law in Section 107.

The new technologies are providing new opportunities to redefine the meaning of fair use. Admittedly, fair use can be a complicated subject. This copyright page contains information to enable you to understand a little more fully the concepts of fair use, distance education fair use guidelines, and the permission and/or licensing required to use copyrighted material(s) that fall outside of the parameters of fair use for face-to-face instruction.

The Copyright and Intellectual Property Office will assist you in answering your questions about the fair use of intellectual property in their various forms for face-to-face teaching and how Fair Use can be used for your distance education classes.