Schedule a research consultation if you need to speak with a librarian to learn better search techniques, you’re new to using the libraries and need support, you’ve been searching for information but can’t find what you need, etc.
Typically 45 minutes, but can go up to an hour. Schedule an appointment with Alyssa: https://libcal.usc.edu/appointments/brissett
Ways to collaborate/partner with your librarian (https://libraries.usc.edu/instructional-services)
Section 107 of the Copyright Act provides a framework for identifying whether something is fair use. Keep in mind that you need to consider all four factors of the framework. The information below is from the United States Copyright Office.
|Purpose and character of use||How are you using the work? Nonprofit educational and noncommercial uses are most likely to be considered fair. This does not mean, however, that all nonprofit education and noncommercial uses are fair and all commercial uses are not fair. Additionally, “transformative” uses are more likely to be considered fair. Transformative uses are those that add something new, with a further purpose or different character, and do not substitute for the original use of the work.|
|Nature of the copyrighted work||Using a more creative or imaginative work (such as a novel, movie, or song) is less likely to support a claim of a fair use than using a factual work (such as a technical article or news item). In addition, use of an unpublished work is less likely to be considered fair.|
|Amount or substantiality of the portion used||Look at both the quantity and quality of the copyrighted material that is used. If the use includes a large portion of the copyrighted work, fair use is less likely to be found; if the use employs only a small amount of copyrighted material, fair use is more likely. In some cases, use of an entire work can be considered fair under certain circumstances. And in other contexts, using even a small amount of a copyrighted work that is considered an important part—or the “heart”—of the work is not covered under fair use.|
|Effects of the use upon the potential market for or value of the work||To what extent, does the unlicensed use harm the existing or future market for the copyright owner’s original work. Example: displacing sales of the original|
Use the resources below to find copyright-free images that you can use for presentations, workshops, and course materials.