DigiSites Fair Use Guidelines

Rules below are excerpted from Part E of the Complete TRIO Quest Rules.

Part E continued:
For DigiSites ONLY- Fair Use Best Practices

(Fair Use can no longer be used for DigiMedia or DigiText)

The Educational Multimedia Guidelines
Adapted from the University of Maryland University College & Recommended by Turnitin.com
The guidelines provide guidance for the use, without permission, of portions of lawfully acquired copyrighted works.


  • The guidelines are intended to apply to educational multimedia projects that incorporate educators' original material, such as course notes or commentary, together with various copyrighted media formats, including motion media, music, text material, and graphics illustrations.
  • The guidelines are voluntary and do not have the force of law.
  • If you follow the guidelines, it is highly likely that your use is fair use.
  • The guidelines are safe minimums.
  • The newly created work that includes copyrighted material may only be used for learning activities. Other uses, such as selling the work commercially, require permission.

Student Guidelines

  • Students may incorporate portions of copyrighted materials when producing an educational project but only with proper citation.
  • Students may perform and display their own projects and use them in their portfolio or use the project for job interviews or as supporting materials for application to educational institutions.

Types of media and permissible amounts

(percentages refer to the percent of the specific original work) that may be used with proper citation on the first page in which it is referenced and on a references page

  • Motion media:
    • Up to 10 percent of the total of the original or three minutes, whichever is less.
  • Text material:
    • Up to 10 percent of the total of the original or 1,000 words, whichever is less.
  • An entire poem of less than 250 words may be used, but no more than three poems by one poet or five poems by different authors in an anthology. For poems exceeding 250 words, 250 words should be used but no more than three excerpts from one poet or five excerpts from different poets in the same work
  • Music, lyrics, and music video:
    • up to 10 percent of the work but no more than 30 seconds of the music or lyrics from an individual musical work.
  • Illustrations or photographs:
    • no more than five images from one artist or photographer.
    • no more than 10% or 15 images, whichever is less, from a collection.
  • Numerical data sets:
    • up to 10 percent or 2,500 fields or cell entries, whichever is less, from a copyrighted database or data table.
  • Copying of a multimedia project:
    • no more than two copies may be made of a project.

If one goes beyond Fair Use Rules, permission is required.