Copyright: What You Need to Know • About Fair UseĀ 
Activity: Fair Use Factors


Fair use is a limitation on a creator's rights and is often misapplied, according to McCord. She says the ultimate question in fair use is, "Would allowing this use go further towards promoting the goals of copyright law than would disallowing the use?" This lesson goes on to describe the four factors used to determine fair use and how to consider each one "on a spectrum."


Create a chart to describe the four factors of fair use. In the chart, give a "spectrum" for determining each factor. Also, include the questions McCord mentions for each factor. An example might look like this:

Factor Description Spectrum Questions
Amount used How much and/or portion chosen for use All of the work → small portion Is the amount and/or portion chosen more than (or different from) what is needed to complete your work?


Pen/pencil and paper or word processing program

MLA Citation Collins, Karla B. "Copyright: What You Need to Know: Fair Use Factors." School Library Connection, October 2019,

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