general guidance

Fair use (17 U.S.C. 107) allows libraries and instructors to make appropriately tailored course-related content available to students via digital networks like Blackboard or NYU Classes. Fair use also has limits; not every course-related use qualifies as fair use.

Fair Use Best Practices:

       For all types copyrighted content, the following best practices help to ensure that fair use is being appropriately applied: 

            Access:

                    1.   
limit access to enrolled students & others involved in the course (e.g. grad assistants)
                    2.    make content available for an appropriately limited time period, no longer than the duration of the course
                    3.    provide copyright information & appropriate attribution
                    4.    when possible, provide links to content instead of posting copies

            
Amount:

                    1.    closely tailor the amount that is used to the educational purpose
                    2.    limited excerpts or clips fall comfortably within fair use
                    3.    before using more than a limited excerpt, or an entire work, evaluate how your use relates to how the content is marketed

Additional Guidance:

            Library Linking: Providing Access to NYU Libraries' Electronic Content

            PDFs & Scans: Posting Copies of Books & Articles

            Streaming Video & Audio