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. The University of Minnesota Copyright team lays out how to determine if your use of a work counts as Fair Use under the law.

Educational use of images, video and audio
Published by the University of Minnesota Libraries


  • 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.