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Copyright and Fair Use

It is the policy of the College to comply with the Copyright Law of the United States of America, as found in Title 17 of the United States Code, guiding itself by the Fair Use provisions, sometimes referred to as the Four Factors: In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use, the factors to be considered shall include:

  1. the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
  2. the nature of the copyrighted work;
  3. the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
  4. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work. The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.

The College is also committed to assisting members of the Vassar community in interpreting legal requirements in order to assure the widest possible legal access to knowledge in keeping with Vassar’s mission: the advancement of learning through instruction in the liberal arts, free intellectual inquiry, and independent research.