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Fair Use

Educational Use is defined as private study and research. Under fair use, works still in copyright may be used in student projects and for other educational uses without permission.

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Applying Fair Use - Excellent guide from New York University Libraries

A Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts [PDF] - College Art Association, 2015

Information on Fair Use and Film [PDF] - The Society for Cinema and Media Studies’ Statement of Best Practices for Fair Use in Teaching for Film and Media Educators

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use - from the American University Center for Social Media

Copyright, Permission, and Fair Use among Visual Arts and the Academic and Museum Visual Arts Communities  [PDF] - Excellent Report for the College Art Association, 2014

Otis Policies

It is the intent of Otis College of Art and Design Library to adhere to the provision of the US Copyright Law (Title 17). The law is complicated, particularly as relates to educational and fair use. Below are useful sites which present various aspects and interpretations of compliance with the law to assist faculty, students, and the entire Otis Community who use copyrighted materials, text, and images for lectures, as well as for artmaking and on Otis' websites. Please educate yourself!

Copyright Policies for O-Space

Everyone posting in O-Space is legally and ethically responsible for adhering to copyright laws. By uploading material to O-Space, you personally assume all legal responsibility for infringements. Course Readers should be used for all required readings. Articles should not routinely be scanned for O-Space.

Copyright Policies for Databases

The Library contracts with several database publishers and vendors to provide these resources to Otis College students and faculty for educational use only. They are made available to at no charge, but are subject to the conditions of the licensing contracts between Otis College and the publishers.

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