The Fair Use Factors: Their History and Application

The language of the fair use factors has changed very little since the nineteenth century, but the doctrine of fair use has changed a great deal. Understanding the history of the factors, particularly their changing importance, is crucial to making accurate fair use decisions today. This workshop from Ana Enriquez of the the U-M Library Copyright Office will focus on fair use cases from the last forty years, tracing the relative importance of the four statutory factors and their subfactors. Participants will then be asked to practice applying current fair use law to a series of hypothetical fact patterns. All are welcome. Please register via U-M’s TeachTech site or by contacting Ana at This workshop is part of the copyright office’s celebration of Fair Use Week. Lunch will be provided.

Ana Enriquez
University of Michigan Library Copyright Office