Researchers have an ethical responsibility to make fair use of sources that they incorporate in their presentations, papers and other research projects. In this section we examine basic principles of copyright law and fair use.
Here are some key points to remember about copyright:
Most sources that you use for your research assignments are under copyright to a rights holder (usually a publishing company). Does this mean that you need to write for permission to use every source that you cite in your paper?
No, because copyright law allows people to make "fair use" of copyrighted works for purposes such as research, teaching, criticism and commentary.
The primary factors that you should consider when deciding how to make fair use of a source are: