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Poster: Arensky Date: Sep 22, 2007 3:30am
Forum: stock_footage Subject: Fair Use Law

With all the talk about copyright in recent months, the Fair Use law has been largely ignored. Fair Use is a little understood law that allows use of portions of copyrighted materials in films -- especially non-commercial productions. Here is a copy of the law. I hope it will be of some help,


"Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include:

1 the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a 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; and

4 the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work. The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors."

[Usually a 30-second clip of a copyrighted film will not violate Fair Use in a non-commercial picture.]