In order to use some or all of a song, photo, book, or any other copyrighted work, you generally need to get permission. However, there are some kinds of uses that do not require permission or payment.

Fair Use

For educational institutions like Carleton College, many copyright decisions hinge on whether our use of copyrighted material falls under the Fair Use section of copyright law.

Learn more about understanding fair use.

Requesting Permission

If the material you wish to use is under copyright protection and your intended use of the material falls outside the scope of fair use, you will need to acquire permission to use it.

Learn more about requesting permission to use copyrighted works.