Is This Fair Use?
In United States copyright law, "fair use" is a doctrine that allows limited use of copyrighted material without permission from the creator or holder of the rights. Examples include: commentary, parody, search engine indexing, research, teaching, and library archives, among others. Its purpose is to allow for creative uses of material by the public while still protecting the property interests of the copyright-holder.
This checklist presents four aspects of fair use, with questions for each. It is designed to help you determine whether your use of someone else's work falls under the fair use doctrine. For each category, check all statements that apply to your situation and the material you are using. This will tell you whether your use of the material might be considered unlawful. Keep in mind that in some cases, even though it may seem that your use of the material does not count as fair use, a case can be made for it.
Please note that this checklist is NOT official legal advice. It is merely here to guide you. If you are still concerned about your use of the material in question, please seek official legal advice.