Published: Feb. 23, 2021

The University Libraries recognize Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2021 as an important opportunity for the campus community to learn more about the Fair Use doctrine. Test your knowledge by taking our new interactive quiz, "Is it Fair Use? It Depends!"


Fair Use is the use of copyrighted content without the express permission of the copyright holder under certain circumstances. Whether a use is considered Fair Use is determined on a case-by-case basis. There is no “bright line” universal rule for what constitutes Fair Use.

The quiz offers six different scenarios. Each player must analyze whether a use is a fair use based on the purpose and character of the use; the nature of the copyrighted work; the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the whole; and the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work. 


The examples given in this activity are intended to model the thought processes one should engage in when determining whether an intended use is fair given the particular facts at hand. Every fair use claim depends on the specific context of the intended use. While the focus of this guide is fair use, please note that this activity also covers other important exceptions to copyright permitting the use of third-party materials, including the classroom use exception and the category of materials in the public domain. A final determination of fair use can only be made in a court of law. This guide is not intended as legal advice.

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For more assistance with navigating fair use issues, request a research consultation with a fair use expert. You can also send questions to