Fair Use Factors
The fair use doctrine of copyright law is possibly the most difficult section
of the law to apply, particularly to digital uses of works.
The fair use provision of Copyright law is intended to provide
reasonable access to works without permission, when the use is limited
and in the public interest rather than for commercial gain.
It is important to recognize that this provision does not grant
individuals a broad right to run through the four factors and determine
that their work is fair and proceed with impunity.
Rather, this provision sets forth some of the criteria to be used
in evaluating whether or not a particular use is fair. There are
no absolute measures for any of these factors and in the case of
a dispute, only a federal court may rule on whether or not a particular
use is fair.