February 21–25, 2022
Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week is an annual celebration originating in the US and Canada and designed to highlight and promote the opportunities presented by fair use and fair dealing.
While fair dealing is employed on a daily basis by students, academics, librarians, journalists, and all users of copyright-protected material, Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week is a time to promote and discuss the opportunities presented, celebrate successful stories and explain the doctrine.
Jane Secker and Chris Morrison, co-founders of copyrightliteracy.org will chair the launch event hosted by IALS for the UK’s first co-ordinated Fair Dealing Week. They will be joined by Kyle K. Courtney—lawyer, librarian, Copyright Advisor at Harvard University and originator of Fair Use week in the US in 2014—to set the scene and provide an overview of the legal provisions.
We will then hear from leading intellectual property scholars Professor Tanya Aplin and Dr. Emily Hudson from King’s College London who will share initial findings from their research into quotation norms in the publishing industry.
The speakers will then take part in a panel discussion which will identify the challenges and opportunities in taking advantage of fair dealing and fair use in different areas of creative activity.
The launch event will present the basic principles of the concept of Fair Dealing in the UK and will highlight some of the events happening elsewhere as part of the first UK Fair Dealing Week. It will focus on best practice and will introduce the participants to the shared resources on fair dealing, including new guidance as part of the IALS Library LibGuides.
The ALT Copyright and Online Learning Special Interest Group (CoOLSIG) are pleased to announce we will be coordinating a UK Fair Dealing week commencing 21–25 February 2022. This follows on from last year’s Fair Use/ Fair Dealing week which ran across USA, Canada and other jurisdictions in February 2021, led and devised by Kyle K. Courtney (Harvard University).
The purpose of the UK Fair Dealing week, is to not only celebrate and raise awareness of this important legal framework, but through discussion, events, and success stories, celebrate the opportunities it presents.
Launch Event and how to get involved
We are planning to kick start the week with an online launch event during the evening of the 21st February, so please watch this space for more details coming soon.
UK Fair Dealing can’t be fully explored in a singular event or resource, given the scope of the framework and the UK copyright exceptions its connected to and this is where you come in. If you would like to be involved in the week, then why not consider delivering your own Fair Dealing event at your own institution or writing a blog post? There are numerous ways individuals can choose to participate in Fair Dealing week, & for further examples, please view this page with more ideas.
Methods of how you can share and promote your resources or online events will be made available in due course. Do drop us a line if you are looking for ideas though.
N.B, when developing resources for the UK Fair Dealing week, please refer to the Fair Use brand guide.