What is fair use?

Fair use allows you to reuse copyright-protected material, under certain circumstances, without getting permission from the copyright owner. Fair use is an exception to copyright law, and is not determined by YouTube.

  • Fair use is determined on a case by case basis, and only a judge can make the determination whether or not the use copyright-protected material is excepted under fair-use.

What counts as Fair Use?


  • Different countries have different rules about when it’s okay to use material without the copyright owner’s permission. Note that in some countries, it’s not always called “fair use” -- for example in the UK, it’s referred to as “fair dealing.”
  • Also, keep in mind that just because you say something is “fair use,” give credit to the copyright owner, or add a disclaimer like "no infringement intended," it doesn’t mean you’re protected.