May 24, 2022

What is and is Not Fair Use? MIT Libraries Debuts Mobile Version of the Fair Use Quiz

As Fair Use Week 2015 comes to a close we want to make sure to point out that the MIT Libraries’  Office of Scholarly Publishing, Copyright, and Licensing just released a mobile version of the fair use quiz they first launched last year.

From the MIT Libraries Blog:

The quiz is designed to help students better understand the core concepts of copyright law’s “fair use” provision, the flexible — but notably ambiguous — exception under US copyright law that makes it possible to use others’ copyrighted works without permission. The aim of the quiz is to put information about fair use in the hands of students and empower them to make informed decisions about using copyrighted works.

The self-guided quiz, which also covers the basics of copyright and how copyright intersects with website “terms of use,” takes only about 10 minutes to complete. It walks through four cases, assisting  students in considering, for example, whether it would be fair use to incorporate a figure from a scholarly journal in a thesis, or an image into a course blog.

Direct to Fair Use Quiz (via MIT Libraries)

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See Also: Video: A Helpful Introduction to Key Fair Use Concepts by Google Copyright Attorney, Fred von Lohmann

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.