Posted on: July 11, 2019

What is copyright and fair use?

What is copyright and fair use?

On June 27, 2019, the WRMC blog discussed plagiarism and its definition. In addition to giving credit and stating where you got that information, you must understand how other creators wanted their work used and what the limitations are by law. Copyright law allows you to use of a portion of copyrighted work without penalty for non-commercial purposes, which is called fair use. In using a copyrighted video, you may use 10% or three minutes (whichever is less) of “motion media.” (VIU 2019b, para. 3) If using more than this amount, you must contact the creator, obtain permission in writing, and in some cases, pay a usage fee.

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In the United States, copyright infringement is taken very seriously and may have legal and financial penalties. Virginia International University takes copyright seriously and per our policy: ” VIU, its students, faculty, and employees must comply with the provisions of the United States Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code).  (VIU 2019a, para. 1) To read the entire VIU policy, please visit

VIU has resources to help you comply with copyright

The VIU Library can help you understand copyright. You can always send a question to the VIU Librarian, visit the library, or make an appointment! The VIU Library website has a helpful guide to help students understand fair use guidelines (2018 Sep 17). Understanding Copyright, Public Domain, and Fair Use.  Available from

Virginia International University. (2019a). Copyright.  Retrieved from

Virginia International University. (2019b). Copyright and Fair Use Guidelinesfor Students. Available from

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