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This guide contains resources that will inform readers the laws concerning Copyright and Fair Use.

FAIR USE

All cases that end up in a court of law must have a persuasive argument in order to win the case. To use this chart, it sometimes helps to imagine yourself in front of the judge explaining why you decided the use of the resource falls under Fair Use. It's all about making your best guess about where your item falls on the Fair Use scale.

Four Tenets to examine in order to determine Fair Use of a copyrighted work:

FAIR USE FACTORS
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What purpose will the work be used for?


YES                                                 NO

        Educational Purposes                             Entertainment

What is the nature of the work?


YES                                                 NO

                                     Factual                                                Creative                           

How much of the work do you plan to use?


YES                                                 NO

                                    Minimal                                               Large Amount

Will your use of the work affect the copyright holder's ability to make money?

 

YES                                                 NO

                          This tenet is looked at most heavily by the judge.

Please Note: If you determine that the use of the resource falls under Fair Use, you MUST attribute/cite the work.

3 MINUTE EXPLANATION OF COPYRIGHT LAW

USE OF MUSIC AND ART IN YOUR PROJECTS

This video gives you information about use of music and/or art  in projects that are NOT school related.
School related projects fall under a provision called Fair Use

Here are websites that offer royalty free music that you can use for free for any project:
Incompetech - http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-...
DanoSongs - http://www.danosongs.com/
Mobygratis - http://www.mobygratis.com/film-music....
Free Soundtrack Music - http://www.freesoundtrackmusic.com/
ccMixter - http://ccmixter.org/
Partners in Rhyme - http://www.partnersinrhyme.com/
Pac DV - http://www.pacdv.com/sounds/free-musi...
Public Domain 4 U - http://publicdomain4u.com/
Musopen - https://musopen.org/
Beatpick - http://www.beatpick.com/player/index
Audio Jungle - http://audiojungle.net/
Smartsound -http://www.smartsound.com/

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