Scan of a photocopied page to be used in Google Classroom

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  • A teacher asked us to scan a few pages from a print SOL study guide so he could provide it as a resource for his students on Google Classroom. Is this permissable under copyright laws?

  • In this case, what you and the teacher need to do is a fair use analysis to determine whether or not this use would be considered a "fair use". When doing a fair use analysis, you must consider all 4 of the factors:

    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.

    There are a number of resources that can help you with a fair use analysis, including the Fair Use Evaluator -- an interactive tool that guides you through a fair use analysis and provides a PDF record of the reasons for the decision, or this Fair Use Checklist from Cornell. Performing a fair use analysis is a balancing act in which you need to determine whether or not the use of the work as viewed through these 4 factors would lean more to "fair" or "not fair".

  • What is a print SOL guide?



  •  Thanks! That answers our question.

  • Billie has provided you with a great answer! The only thing I'll add is this, which is another good resources on fair use:

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