Fair Use Week

The Heart of Copyright Policy: Fair Dealing, an Indian Perspective

By Akshat Agrawal, Legal Researcher, Delhi High Court

“Knowledge must be allowed to be disseminated” stated the Indian Supreme Court, in Entertainment Network (India) Ltd. and Ors. v. Super Cassettes. Harping upon the idea of Anglo-Saxan Copyright, justified by the tenets of utilitarianism, the SC clearly emphasized upon the need to balance exclusivity-based incentives as against concerns of access, especially when concerned with knowledge resources. This was nothing new. Long back, prior to the partition of India, when the Imperial Copyright Act of 1914 was in force, during and due to the shackles of colonialism, the Lahore High Court (erstwhile India) harped upon the coloniality of the copyright doctrine, realizing the needs of the Indian citizens to be able to develop indigenous knowledge through access, more than anything else. The Lahore High Court, in 1934, in the judgment of Kartar Singh v. Ladha Singh, very convincingly determined the limits of incentives and the utilitarian purposes of the free market statutory intervention that is copyright, by stating that “Under the guise of Copyright, a Plaintiff cannot ask the court to close all the avenues of research and scholarship, and all frontiers of human knowledge.” What a remarkable decision!

Akshat Agrawal
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Walking Through Fair Use: Information Session and Workshop

Yale Library

Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2021—a celebration coordinated by the Association of Research Libraries—will take place February 22–26, 2021. Fair Use is an exemption in U.S. Copyright law available to users of copyrighted content. Fair Use relies on a four-factor analysis to allow users to reuse content without permission from the rights holders. Please join me on February 23, 2021 at 3pm for an information session and workshop on Fair Use. During the program, you will learn about fair use and how to work through a fair use analysis. One lucky attendee will receive a full set of Fair Use coasters created by the American Library Association.

What: Walking Through Fair Use
When: Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 3:00–4:20 p.m.

Author
Sandra Aya Enimil
Organization
Yale Library

Can I Use This? Copyright and Fair Use in Practice

Northwestern University Libraries

Copyright is a growing concern among researchers, who may have questions like “When can I use someone else’s copyrighted work?” or “What rights do I have in my own research?” This workshop will cover basic copyright principles, as well as taking a deeper dive into how exceptions to the law like fair use apply in an academic setting. Expect small group discussions of real-life fair use case studies – participants are also encouraged to bring examples of texts, images, and other copyrighted materials they would like to incorporate into their work for the group to discuss.

This workshop is led by Liz Hamilton, Copyright Librarian at Northwestern University Libraries.

Learn more: https://planitpurple.northwestern.edu/event/572177

Author
Liz Hamilton
Organization
Northwestern University

NNLM Resources for Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week

Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week runs from February 24-28, 2020.  Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week is an annual celebration of the important doctrines of fair use and fair dealing. Programs during the week highlight and promote the opportunities presented by fair use and fair dealing, celebrate successful stories, and explain the doctrines themselves.  The ACRL website has many resources, publications, and events to help you prepare for and participate in  Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week, additional information can be found on the ACRL Insider website.

The National Network of the Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) fully supports Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week and has many resources that can be part of the programs and resources on offer this week which are accessible year-round. The U.S. National Library of Medicine Digital Collection contains many digitized rare books, manuscripts, films, and images all searchable in pull down menu. The NLM History of Medicine collection has access to over 70,000 images on relevant topics from the 15th to 21st century. Many of the items are in the public domain. The NLM provides information about copyright of the materials in its catalog and/or metadata records. For additional information, please go to historical collections copyright information or review the Patron Guide to Copyright.  If using any material from the historical collections for publication or production, remember to verify the item is available for use under the Fair Use Doctrine. This legal doctrine promotes freedom of expression, innovation, creativity and scholarship.  Join us in celebrating Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week.

Karen Coghlan

Bringing Fair Use to Life

Bringing Fair Use to Life

How can artists like Andy Warhol, Carrie Mae Weems, Roy Lichtenstein, or Richard Prince legally use somebody else’s materials in their own art? Are you using somebody else’s photograph, illustration, text, or video in your own scholarship or creative project? Do you need permission to do that? Join University Libraries’ Copyright Services for a hands-on workshop on the important exception of fair use, an exception in the law that allows use of copyrighted content without permission. Learn how to use copyrighted materials confidently and legally in your research, teaching, and creative endeavors.

The workshop will cover the factors to consider in determining fair use and look to examples of authors and artists that have relied on fair use in the production of their creative works. Building on last year’s workshop, attendees will have the opportunity to work through a fair use analysis while making their own creative work using materials from the OSU Libraries’ collections.

Who: Ohio State faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students
When: Thursday, February 27, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library

Maria Scheid

Fair Use Infographic

Fair use provisions of the copyright law allow use of copyrighted materials on a limited basis for specific purposes without requiring the permission of the copyright holder. Below we will detail the current state of the law, including the four factors, transformative uses, and cases for reference.

Ben Franklin’s World Episode 227: Copyright & Fair Use in Early America

In the 21st century, we are all creators and users of content. We take original photos with our smartphones, generate blog posts, digital videos, and podcasts. Some of us write books and articles. And nearly everyone contributes content to social media.

Given all of the information and content we generate and use, it’s really important for us to understand the principles of copyright and fair use, principles that have an early American past.

Kyle Courtney, a lawyer, librarian, and Copyright Advisor for Harvard Library will serve as our guide through the early American origins of copyright and fair use.