A democratic civilization will save itself only if it makes the language of the image into a stimulus for critical reflection, not an invitation to hypnosis.
Document the Fair-Use Reasoning Process
When using copyrighted materials as part of the creative production process, you can document your own (or your students') fair-use reasoning process. It's a tool to strengthen your critical thinking and reasoning skills.
When developing a project, answer the following questions
- What is the purpose of your project?
Who is the target audience?
Complete the sentence: "I am using (describe the nature of the copyrighted material here) because (provide a reason for your use of the work here)"
- Did your use of the work “transform” the material taken from the copyrighted work by using it for a different purpose than that of the original?
- Does your use merely re-transmit the original work? Could your work be a substitute or a replacement for the original?
- Did you use only the amount you needed to accomplish your purpose?
Provide a citation for the material here: ___________________________________________________
REVIEW AND DISCUSS: See examples of fair use reasoning here
ALTERNATIVE: Print out a paper copy