The following are suggested limits for copying music in support of your classroom lecture. These suggested limits are based on our interpretation of guidelines that were developed during CONFU. The use of portions larger than those described here may also be permissible, but the user must test a particular application against all four factors of the "Fair Use doctrine" contained in the law (Title 17, U.S. Code, Sec. 107) to determine if it qualifies as fair. Also, please note that it is permissible to create a compilation CD of separate music tracks for classroom use, if it adheres to the below proportions and limits.
Film or Video
Up to 3 minutes
Music, lyrics, music video
No change to character of work or melody
Note: The courts are not bound by these guidelines and the Copyright Act contains no such guidelines. Therefore it is always advisable to err on the side of caution and complete your own Fair Use Evaluation.