US Copyright Act
We are an educational podcast that receives no monetary reward for what we do. We break down, examine, and discuss classic hip hop music. In the process of doing so, we play 20-30 second clips of each song we are discussing. This gives the listeners the opportunity to have a point of reference to draw from when we start our discussions. We also give all proper credit; everything from the producer down to the samples used. We direct our listeners to where they can find the full work to stream and/or purchase. Occasionally artists will contact us directly and submit new music for us to play. This gives them a “test audience” for their new material. In these rare cases, we will play the entire single, once again, directing our audience where to purchase said music. If you feel that we have violated Title17, please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org .
107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use
Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include—
(1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
(2) the nature of the copyrighted work;
(3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
(4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.