Fair Use

Fair Use: What Is Parody?

An overview of the basics of what parody means and what does and does not count as parody fair use.


The Fair Use Doctrine

Fair use is a limitation on the exclusive rights in copyright for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research.


Fair Use Factors One & Two

Four factors must be considered in order to determine whether a particular use of a copyrighted work qualifies as a fair use under the law. Each factor is weighed on a case-by-case basis, and will either favor or disfavor a finding of fair use.


Fair Use Factors Three And Four

Four factors must be weighed on a case-by-case basis to determine whether a particular use of a copyrighted work qualifies as a fair use under the law.


Some Common Fair Use Mistakes

Fair use is a specific and conditional limitation on copyright, and not a universal right.


Applying Fair Use Today

With the growth of social media platforms, it’s fairly common to inadvertently infringe someone’s copyright under the mistaken belief that certain uses are fair uses. Unfortunately, this perception is aggravated by a lot of misleading public debate about fair use, which can actually get some well-meaning creators into legal trouble.