The End of Library Ownership? A Conversation between Kyle Courtney and Meredith Rose

Join Library Futures Institute for a special Fair Use Week discussion on Monday, February 22 at 4PM ET with Meredith Rose (Public Knowledge), Kyle Courtney (Harvard University, Library Futures Board President). Kyle and Meredith will be joined by Jason Schultz (Director, Technology Law and Policy Clinic at NYU School of Law), Aaron Perzanowski (Associate Director, Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology & the Arts, Case Western School of Law), authors of the End of Ownership: Personal Property in the Digital Economy (MIT Press).
Link to follow after registration.

Drop-In Consultation Hours for Fair Use Week

The Ohio State University

Join Copyright Services for Fair Use Week 2021

Do you use materials from third-party sources in your teaching or research publications? Have you heard that all educational use is fair use but have some concerns about whether this is accurate? How can you evaluate whether something may qualify as fair use or determine if you need to seek permission? Copyright Services is offering drop-in consultation hours next week for Fair Use Week. Join us Tuesday, February 23rd from 11 a.m. – noon with all your fair use questions! Click here to reserve a spot (drop in any time during the consultation hours).

Fair Use: Using Copyrighted Materials in Research and Teaching

NYU Libraries

Join the Scholarly Communications & Information Policy Department for a workshop celebrating Fair Use Week 2021! This workshop is open to faculty, staff, and students who want to know more about how to think through fair use when using copyrighted materials in teaching and research. We will go over a basic primer on what copyright is, then focus on fair use, an important exception to copyright that allows use of copyright-protected materials without permission under certain circumstances. We will also discuss how to apply fair use to some hypothetical scenarios.

This session will be led by Anastasia Chiu, Scholarly Communications Librarian

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Fair Use in Higher Education: A Conversation with Kyle Courtney

Longwood University, Greenwood Library

In celebration of Fair Use Week, Kyle Courtney from Harvard University will give a Zoom talk on Fair Use in Higher Education. The program is co-sponsored by the Longwood University Intellectual Property Committee and the Greenwood Library. Please register for the event at the link below.

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University of Alberta Events

The University of Alberta and the “Lower Mainland Consortium” (SFU, UBC, Langara, KPU, VCC, and BCIT) will be co-hosting an online event for Fair Dealing Week 2021 on February 23 and 24. The event is free of charge, but registration is required. Registration for the event is now open and available here. The program includes three presentations, which are described below: (more…)

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.

Sandra Aya Enimil
Yale Library

Webinar: Fair Use in the Time of COVID-19

UCLA Library

The Fair Use doctrine is the vital exception to copyright law that allows, in certain circumstances, the re-use of copyrighted material without permission. In 2020, when campuses were shut down and stay-at-home orders began, academia was forced to make some swift changes to the way work is done and classes are taught, and particularly were compelled realign the ways information and resources are shared with students and colleagues. Suddenly, traditional teaching modalities became unavailable, and electronic methods had to be relied upon almost exclusively.  With our typical teaching and learning situations dramatically altered, was the Fair Use doctrine altered as well? The answer may surprise you.  Come join us as we examine how Fair Use is performing during the pandemic, and together discuss the implications for our scholarly work going forward.

Presented by

Martin J. Brennan

Scholarly Communication Education Librarian

Copyright 101: A Free Live Course from the Virtual Copyright Education Center

Presented by LYRASIS and Columbia University Libraries

LYRASIS and Columbia University Libraries’ Copyright Advisory Services are joining forces to pilot a new Virtual Copyright Education Center, including a series of classes on copyright issues and management. It will also include business planning with the goal of developing a sustainable service model and will be the first pilot delivered through the new Research and Innovation division of LYRASIS.

This new program was developed in partnership with Columbia University Libraries as a result of the 2017 LYRASIS Catalyst Fund award to Columbia, funding research into the feasibility of a virtual copyright education centerThe Catalyst Fund is the main engine for innovation and new ideas and a membership benefit of the Leaders Circle. For those who are new to the process, each year LYRASIS earmarks funds to award to member institutions who submit ideas and proposals during our Catalyst Fund application period. The Leaders Circle then vets and votes on the projects and ideas that are most scalable and valuable to the wider community. We are excited that the Virtual Copyright Education Center has matured to the pilot phase of our innovation pipeline.

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Webinar: Foundations of OER

Presented by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)

ACRL’s traveling RoadShow workshops are on hold until it’s safe to resume large in-person gatherings, but we’re working to bring you the same great content through virtual experiences. These “Off-RoadShows” have been designed to help academic library professionals tackle the greatest issues facing the profession today

The three-part OER and Affordability webcast series will help you understand the basics of open educational resources (OER) and how libraries can be involved in affordability initiatives at your institution.

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Fair Use Week Workshops

University of Arkansas Libraries

Join Lora Lennertz, data services librarian, for two virtual workshops in observation of Fair Use Week Feb. 22–26. These events are free and open to the public, and registration is required (links below). (more…)

Webinar: Implementing the CARL Copyright OER for University Instructors and Staff on Campus

Hosted by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL)

In December 2020, CARL released the Copyright Open Educational Resource for University Instructors and Staff. This self-directed course is currently being adapted for use at a number of universities across Canada.

Join four of the working group members that helped build this course – Stephanie Orfano (University of Toronto), Mark Swartz (Queen’s University), Christina Winter (University of Regina) and Rowena Johnson (University of Calgary) – for an hour-long panel discussion related to how each university is approaching course implementation at their institutions. The discussion will include: tools and techniques institutions are using to implement the course, approaches for different learning management systems (Brightspace, Canvas, Moodle), and possible strategies for encouraging course completion.

Learn more about the program and register online

Essential Copyright Exceptions for Staff and Faculty

Red River College

You hear the term “Fair Dealing” and you may know we have a Fair Dealing Policy at RRC, but what does it mean? In this session will talk about how we evaluate what it means to be “Fair” when using copyright materials for teaching and instructions. In addition to our policy we will discuss methods such as the Six Factor fair dealing test, and we will explore the use of RRC’s Fair Dealing Tool to assist you in making sound copyright decisions

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.

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Liz Hamilton
Northwestern University

Celebrate Open Education Week 2021 with the Libraries and Global Campus

University of Arkansas University Libraries and Global Campus

The University Libraries and Global Campus have planned a series of virtual events for faculty, teaching assistants and graduate students in observation of Open Education Week March 1–5.

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*Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2022 will take place from February 21–25*

Ongoing Events


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Blog posts

ARL will have guest blog posts throughout the week, cross-posted to the Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week site