Copyright and Fair Use: Your Scholarly Rights


Friday, February 22, 2019, 10:00am to 11:30am



Whether you are about to submit a dissertation, or publish a chapter or article, you want to feel confident that the way you’re using copyrighted material—via quotation, embedded images or media, etc.—is permissible under the law, correct? If so, then this is the session for you!

Normally, any use of another party's copyrighted material requires permission from the rightsholder, and in some circumstances, you may need to pay a licensing fee. However, the fair use doctrine allows scholars to use copyrighted material under certain conditions without seeking permission. But there are factors and guidelines you need to know to successfully make a fair use.

In this interactive session with Kyle K. Courtney, Copyright Advisor for Harvard Library, you will learn:

  • how the concept of “copyright” is defined by U.S. statutes
  • what are the fair use “four factors” and how cases have interpreted these factors
  • how to apply the four factors in different situations
  • how to protect your rights as a scholar