Can I use a photo from the internet for a presentation? Can I quote a poem? Can I use
someone writing as an example when I'm teaching a writing class? How about paraphrasing someone's blog post?
These are just some of the troubling questions for writers dealing with the issues of copyright and fair use. Fortunately, there is now a handy, FREE, online resource. Although designed specifically for journalists, the principles set out in the publication are equally applicable to writers of all stripes.
Set of Principles in Fair Use for Journalism is a project of American University's School of Communications. It is a very well-crafted summary of fair use and how it applies to many of the most common situations and issues faced by writers.
To view the publication, CLICK HERE.
It is not a legal treatise. It is not a substitute for legal advice for troubling situaitons. But it is a very worthwhile resource, and one which every writer should review and keep handy.