An Online Fair-Use Reasoning Tool

Use one of the scenarios and find a partner or small group to discuss this case. Discuss the scenario to determine: is this specific situation an example of the fair use of copyrighted materials? Why or why not? Click on the link below for each scenario and have one of the group members record your group thoughts based on the fair use reasoning form


When you are done, take a look at how other educators have responded to the scenario. Hypothetical scenarios never have enough context and detail -- since they're hypothetical. Notice that, in the reasoning process, educators "fill in the blanks" with additional information about learning outcomes and other details in ways that can affect whether they judge a specific use of copyrighted materials to be fair (or not).

Scenario Forms To Print: