The first step in applying Fair Use guidelines is to determine if the work you wish to use is copyrighted. Copyrighted materials may include media, images, software, printed works, music, performances, and more. Many resources are available that do not require permission for use in the classroom or that have pre-set conditions for use:
Materials that may be used:
Lack of a copyright statement or symbol does not mean that the work isn't copyrighted.
For materials that are copyrighted, use in the classroom may or may not be permitted. Applying copyright guidelines can be tricky and decisions are often not clear-cut but Fair Use guidelines werre created to be flexible. The resources on this page are not intended as legal advice but should provide information on what may be considered. Contact information for USF General Counsel is available on the USF Help tab on this page. Ultimately, you as the professor will need to make a decision on whether you feel Fair Use applies to your selection of materials in the classroom. To help guide your informed decision, consider the following:
How will the material be used?
The nature of the material.
How much of the work will you be using?
Effect of your use on the commercial market.
For additional useful tips on Fair Use, see Columbia University Libraries' useful discussion.
If you feel that use of a work does not fall within Fair Use guidelines, consider the following options. A USFSP librarian can help you pursue these possibilities.