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Fair Use AIM Center Policy Brief

policy brief

Joanne Karger


National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM Center)


The U.S. Copyright law is reviewed in light of the "fair use" doctrine. To date, there have been very few court cases in either the K–12 or higher education context that address the applicability of this doctrine to the conversion of print instructional materials into accessible formats. Because determinations of fair use are highly case-specific, educators who are interested in learning more about this topic should consult with the general counsel's office for their institution or district.

Fair Use

Fair use of a copyrighted work for criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research is not an infringement of copyright.

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Print Instructional Materials

Printed materials written and published for use in elementary and secondary school instruction, required by a SEA or LEA for use by students in classroom.

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Karger, J. (2014). Fair use aim center policy brief. Wakefield, MA: National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials. Retrieved [insert date] from