Is the intended use fair?

Incorporating material made by others into new multimedia works (including documentaries, art, presentations, and compilations of clips) is subject to the same fair use provisions as other uses of copyrighted materials. Use the Fair Use Analysis Tool to determine if your intended use is fair:

Thinking Through Fair Use
Published by the University of Minnesota Libraries
When deciding whether or not individual uses of copyrighted material falls under fair use, you must weigh four factors: 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 (U.S.C Title 17, Section 107).


  • Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia (PDF)
    • These guidelines provide recommendations for the appropriate portions of copyrighted materials to be used in the creation of multimedia projects by educators and students.
  • DMCA
    • Certain uses of copyrighted materials may be permissible under fair use provisions or educational exemptions yet may still be prohibited by the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act if the original material is in digital format (including DVD). UPDATE: New DMCA rules allow for bypassing encryption on DVDs for educational use and fair use.
  • How to Rip DVD Clips
    • A beginner’s guide for faculty on extracting video clips from DVDs.