The use of Carnegie Mellon CyLab MySecureCyberspace's copyrighted materials does not require written permission if your use is in accordance with the "Fair Use" doctrine. See the general guidelines below for more information.
Under United States law (see the Library of Congress Web site for the text of title 17 of the United States Code, §107 ), it is permissible to copy something so long as the copying falls within what is called "fair use." Under the fair use doctrine of the U.S. copyright statute, it is permissible to use limited portions of a work including quotes for purposes such as commentary, criticism, news reporting, and scholarly reports. However, there is no clear-cut way to determine what is or is not fair use. There are no legal rules that limit fair use to a specific percentage of a copyrighted work or a specific number of words or musical notes. Factors to consider in determining whether a particular use constitutes fair use include the following:
- the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit purposes
- the nature of the copyrighted work
- the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
- the effect of the use on the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work
- These factors are not weighed equally; the fourth factor often takes precedence in copyright disputes.
You should not assume that all items found on the MySecureCyberspace portal (images, photos, etc.) are copyrighted by Carnegie Mellon University. Determine the identity of the copyright owner before using the items. If other parties are identified as copyright owners, contact them directly for permission to use their copyrighted materials.
If the copyright is attributed to Carnegie Mellon CyLab (or if there is no attribution) and permission to use materials is not granted in these guidelines, please contact Carnegie Mellon CyLab.
To use Carnegie Mellon University and Carnegie Mellon CyLab logos and other proprietary graphics, please contact Carnegie Mellon University (http://www.cmu.edu/identity/index.html) for permission.
Linking to MySecureCyberspace Web Pages
To reuse the content of the MySecureCyberspace web pages, it is recommended to link directly to the web pages, rather than reproduce them, because Carnegie Mellon CyLab updates many of the web pages regularly. It is not necessary to request permission to make referential hypertext links to the portal, but we would like to know!