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Fair Use Week 2021: Promoting Ideas, Creativity, Learning and Culture

Florida Atlantic University Libraries

Fair Use Week 2021: Promoting Ideas, Creativity, Learning and Culture

By Kristy Padron, MLIS

Scholarly Communication Services Coordinator

kpadron@fau.edu

Fair Use Week is February 22 – 26, 2021.  The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) designated this time to highlight and promote what fair use allows us to do with copyrighted works.

Learn more: https://library.fau.edu/external-relations/fair-use-week-2021-promoting-ideas-creativity-learning-and-culture

Fair Use Week 2021

By LeEtta Schmidt, University of South Florida Libraries

One of your research sources makes a provocative statement with authority and insight. You quote this source in your latest article to illustrate how other scholars are analyzing your topic. You have copied and reprinted part of their work, but copyright law makes an exception for this fair use.

A news article reports an event and witness insight that would benefit the students in your class, and help them fully engage with the course content. You share a portion of this article with your class.  You have made copies and distributed the work, but copyright law makes an exception for this type fair use.

Read the full blog: https://lib.usf.edu/edlibreport/2021/02/09/fair-use-week-2021/

If You Could Be the Judge of Fair Use…

By the Center for Media and Social Impact

Is fair use a “grey area”? Not if you know the law. Then it’s a flexible, robust tool for digital culture. Test your knowledge!

Happy Fair Use Week! Fair use, the right to reuse someone else’s copyrighted material for new purposes that don’t intrude on the copyright holder’s market, is often described as “risky,” “uncertain,” or a “grey area.” But today’s fair use has become a pretty low-risk, high-value activity. In fact, it’s so routine that a lot of people don’t even realize they’re employing fair use. Students quote scholars in their term papers–that’s fair use. Journalists quote from corporate documents–ditto. Television news features someone whose ringtone accidentally goes off–also fair use. Filmmakers use fair use to make their points visually or auditorally (for instance a montage of riffs from pop-songs connoting a historical moment, or a collage of magazine covers, TV news clips and audio). Podcasters include clips from a news program to catch you up, to critique it, or to illustrate a point. Again, fair use.

Read the full blog: https://cmsimpact.org/fair-use-blog/if-you-could-be-the-judge-of-fair-use/

Can Fair Use Survive the CASE Act?

By Kenneth D. Crews

When Congress thinks of COVID, it seems to also think about copyright. Congress made that connection at a critical moment this last December.  Embedded in the appropriations bill that gave emergency funding to citizens in need, was a thoroughly unrelated provision establishing a copyright “small-claims court,” where many future infringements may face their decider. The defense of fair use will also be on the docket.

Read the full blog: http://blogs.harvard.edu/copyrightosc/2021/02/22/fair-use-week-2021-day-one-with-guest-expert-kenneth-d-crews/

CONTU White Paper

This ARL white paper reexamines the role of the decades-old Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyrighted Works (CONTU) Guidelines in interlibrary lending. The white paper includes the history and legal status of CONTU, along with a review of the applicable copyright law, including Section 108 of the Copyright Act (reproduction by libraries and archives) and Section 107 (fair use). It is our hope that libraries and library associations will use this white paper as a springboard for conversations about interlibrary lending, licensing practices, and journal subscriptions.

Modern Interlibrary Loan Practices: Moving beyond the CONTU Guidelines

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Fair Use Resources

Kansas State University Center for the Advancement of Digital Scholarship Resources

The Center for the Advancement of Digital Scholarship, or CADS, at K-State Libraries provides resources for K-State students, faculty and staff regarding copyright and fair use. CADS cannot provide legal advice but can provide helpful information about copyright and fair use.

CADS faculty have gathered some helpful resources to learn more about fair use:

If you have questions about Fair Use and digital scholarship, please contact CADS.

Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Educational Resources

By: American University Washington College of Law

We are pleased to announce the release of the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Educational Resources. This document is intended to support authors, teachers, professors, librarians, and all open educators in evaluating when and how they can incorporate third party copyright materials into Open Educational Resources to meet their pedagogical goals.