Fair Use Week 2020 at Hesburgh Libraries

Fair Use Week is an annual celebration of the importance of fair use.

Fair use is an essential limitation and defense to copyright infringement, allowing the use of copyrighted materials without permission under certain circumstances. It facilitates balance in copyright law, promoting progress and accommodating freedom of speech and expression.

Fair Use Week at Notre Dame aims to spread awareness about what fair use is, why it’s essential, and provide examples of fair use — in the context of academic scholarship and publication for the ND community. Fair use will be explored both from the field of law and from the fields of art and culture.

Hesburgh Libraries

Sounds Fair to Me! The Copyright Game Show

Come join the fun at this musical, interactive event!
Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020 – 10:00am to 11:30am
Research Library (Charles E. Young), Main Conference Room
As part of our Fair Use Week events, we present the latest edition of Sounds Fair to Me! The Copyright Game Show. This interactive event will focus exclusively on copyright issues in the world of music.
Your hosts will take you through a series of significant copyright controversies, and live-poll the audience to see how you think the controversies should be resolved. Then we will toss it over to our esteemed panel of experts to explain the real world result, and discuss how resulting decision impacts composers and musicians. All this, presented in a light-hearted game show context! This event it not to be missed.

Our esteemed panel of experts:

Judith Finell – UCLA Music Industry Professor, UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music: Consultant
Robert Fink – Chair, Music Industry Program, UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
David Nimmer – UCLA Law Professor and author of Nimmer on Copyright
The game will run from 10AM to 11AM, followed by 30 minutes of open Q&A with our expert panel.

RSVP below, and Mark your calendars!

UCLA Library

Fair Use and Images

Fair Use and Images
Thursday, Feb 27, 2020 – 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Research Library (Charles E. Young), Research Commons (RC) Classroom

In honor of Fair Use Week 2020, Arts Librarian Janine Henri and Copyright Librarian Marty Brennan present an open session on the ins and outs of employing the fair use exception to copyright law when incorporating images into scholarship or other creative works. The session is open to all.

Research Commons Classroom
Room 11630F, Young Research Library

UCLA Library

Fair Use Week 2020 at UCSB Library

You’re invited to join UCSB Library in celebrating Fair Use Week 2020 by visiting the information table in the Library Paseo from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 24-28.

Fair Use Week is an international event coordinated annually by the Association of Research Libraries that celebrates and explores fair use rights under the copyright statute.

What is fair use? It’s a part of copyright law that allows the use of copyrighted materials without permission or payment under certain circumstances. However, since the fair use exception lacks specifics, it can be confusing.

We invite students and faculty to check out the UCSB Library Copyright & Fair Use Guide, an online tool that explains basic concepts, helps you analyze whether a use is fair, and provides an opportunity to submit your questions through an online form.

When you visit the information table in the Library Paseo, you can:

• Learn more about the four fair use factors and pick up a “Fair Use Checklist” to help you determine whether the use of a work is fair.

• Learn more about the Library’s online tool – the UCSB Library Copyright & Fair Use Guide.

• Test your fair use knowledge with an interactive game.

• Consult with a librarian about fair use.

We look forward to seeing you in the Library during Fair Use Week!

UCSB Library

What happens when Netflix is Dead? How Licensing and Copyright Threaten the Future of Our Cultural Heritage (and How Fair Use Can Save It)

Join us to discuss the legal future of our cultural heritage. This presentation by Kyle K. Courtney (Harvard University) and Will Cross NC State University) will address how copyright law and the licensing systems that have now become so prevalent for consumer-licensed content, such as through Netflix, Hulu, and iTunes, are jeopardizing the ability of libraries and archives to preserve those works and make them available to researchers in the future. Those services almost always come with significant strings attached, through their terms of service, that disallow basic research and teaching uses such as classroom performances, creation of preservation copies, and library access for private study and research. The session will cover efforts to untangle these knotty copyright and licensing hurdles, including through the powerful rights provided to libraries and researchers through “fair use.”

Kyle K. Courtney & Will Cross
Duke University Libraries and ScholarWorks: A Center for Scholarly Publishing

Fair Use and the Citizen Author

Texas A&M University Libraries is hosting a presentation by Professor Glynn S. Lunney, Jr., School of Law, Texas A&M University titled “Fair Use and the Citizen Author.” Professor Lunney will focus on the role of Fair Use in protecting the ability of podcasters, fan fiction authors, and other “citizen” authors to create and distribute their works. Tying into this theme, the Libraries is inviting the community to tour The Studio, which offers services and tools to create and edit graphics, video, audio, and multimedia projects.

Emilie Algenio
Texas A&M University Libraries

Understanding Fair Use Through Case Law

ACRL is excited to offer a free webcast celebrating Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week. Join us on Tuesday, February 25, at 1:00pm CT, for “Understanding Fair Use Through Case Law,” presented by Sandra Aya Enimil, Assistant Professor and Copyright Services Librarian, and Maria Scheid, Copyright Services Coordinator, both at The Ohio State University.

Academic and research libraries often cite fair use for the activities that we engage in to make content available to stakeholders. Depending on your perspective, fair use is a right or a defense outlined in United States Copyright Law. What most can agree on is that in the United States, we rely on case law to help us understand fair use and to implement strategies for sharing content based on that understanding. This webinar will give a back-to-basics overview of fair use and utilize case law to illustrate each factor of a fair use analysis.

Kara Malenfant
Association of College & Research Libraries

Fun and Legal: Making Art through Fair Use

Join the MIT Libraries for Fair Use Week at this hands-on workshop to learn about your legal rights to reuse, parody, and build on pre-existing copyrighted materials. Learn about appropriation artists who have been sued, and how to NOT be sued for your own projects. Participants will learn to make a book-binding structure to create their own art book or zine using found materials, and will come away with a work which IS a fair use, and an understanding of HOW to utilize their fair use rights in their creative projects.
Fair use is the part of copyright law which lets you – without asking permission or paying a fee – use pre-existing materials for your own creative ends. Fair use is essential for free speech, and you rely on it every day, but it is often misunderstood. Come to this workshop to learn how to assess fair use and know your rights!
Registration is limited. We will provide materials, but please feel free to also bring materials you would like to turn into art!
Note: Participants should meet at the Maihaugen Gallery (14N-130) to be escorted to the Wunsch Conservation Lab (14-0513).

MIT Libraries
MIT Libraries

Fair Use: You Be the Judge

Have you ever wondered whether you’re allowed to use someone else’s copyrighted material? Learn about fair use, the foremost user’s right under U.S. copyright law, at this workshop from Ana Enriquez of the Penn State Libraries’ Office of Copyright and Scholarly Communications. After an introduction to fair use, participants will be asked to evaluate the fair use arguments for several copyright cases.

Ana Enriquez
Penn State University Libraries

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

Maria Scheid
The Ohio State University Libraries

*Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2020 will take place from February 24–28*

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