Copyright & Usage Info

Thanks for your interest in learning what uses of the Media Bias Chart are permitted. This page should cover what you need to know for your particular intended uses.


If you would like to ensure your use does not constitute copyright infringement, you can use a Standard License, which covers most non-commercial uses.

If you require broader use than provided in the Standard License, please contact us at

If you simply wish to share or post the chart on your own personal social media page, you have our permission to do so with the versions marked “Licensed for Social Media Sharing Only” and do not need to purchase a license.

Rights reserved and applicable law

In general, please do not copy, create derivative works, or distribute copies without permission or purchasing a license. Ad Fontes Media has registered copyrights in the various iterations of the Media Bias Chart, and Ad Fontes Media reserves all rights under U.S. Copyright Law, which under 17 U.S.C. 106, states in part:

“Subject to sections 107 through 122, the owner of copyright under this title has the exclusive rights to do and to authorize any of the following:

(1) to reproduce the copyrighted work in copies…;
(2) to prepare derivative works based upon the copyrighted work;
(3) to distribute copies…of the copyrighted work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending;…”

These rights are subject to Fair Use limitations, which under 17 U.S.C. 107 provide:

“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 U.S. Copyright Office provides quite a bit of guidance on what qualifies as Fair Use here: