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Exploring Academic Integrity in Your Research: A Tutorial

A UO Libraries self-guided tutorial on integrity in library research and using sources ethically

8 - Fair Use

Fair Use

Fair use protects some very important rights, including:


Keep in Mind:

Just because something qualifies as fair use doesn’t mean you don’t have to cite your source. You should always give credit to the original source.


  • The ability of scholars to quote from other sources to build an argument or to criticize
  • The ability to transform works into new scholarship, such as text and data mining
  • The ability to parody works
  • The ability of artists to create works inspired by others

These are considered “transformative” uses, provided that a sufficiently “new” work is created and it doesn’t hurt the market for the original work—more subjective determinations.

Do you consider Girl Talk's use of other people's music as fair use?
Yes: 131 votes (70.81%)
No: 54 votes (29.19%)
Total Votes: 185