Fair Use Week

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.