Copyright: What You Need to Know • Fair Use Guidelines
Activity: Guidelines


In this lesson Gretchen McCord explains that fair use guidelines are not law. They are guidelines for the exception to copyright law. This lesson goes into detail about fair use guidelines and how the guidelines are often misinterpreted in the education world. McCord explains two events (Agreement on Classroom Copying and Conference on Fair Use) that provided specific numbers, or starting points, for the guidelines. McCord argues that fair use guideline numbers are a flexible tool, not a rule.


Read McCord's article that is included in the Learning Support section of this workshop. How does this article change or confirm your thoughts about copyright and fair use?


McCord, Gretchen. "Fair Use for Librarians" in Learning Support.

See also Gretchen McCord's "The Bare Bones of Fair Use" from her website:

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

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