Post by Gretchen McCord, JD, MSIS, Digital Information Law
The following is an excerpt from “Copyright: What We Don’t Know Does Hurt Us,” originally published in The Copyright & New Media Law Newsletter 18:3 (2014).
For those of us who teach copyright law and regularly advise both creators and users of protectable content, it comes as no surprise to hear that confusion and misunderstanding about copyright are quite common and that the resulting fear of making mistakes in interpreting the law leads to overly conservative applications of the law. This probably does not surprise most of you readers, either.
Watch Fred von Lohmann explain how fair use enables everyday technologies, including ones that we take for granted.
Watch Kyle Courtney of Harvard Library talk about what Fair Use Week is, how fair use affects libraries, and Harvard’s Copyright First Responders Network.
Originally posted at www.digitalinfolaw.com/blog.html
This week is Fair Use Week, an annual celebration of the doctrines of fair use under U.S. law and fair dealing under the laws of many other nations. Both provide limitations on, or exceptions to, a copyright owner’s rights that allow others to use protected works without first obtaining permission.
I am going to take this opportunity to point out the role of fair use to a free, democratic society. If you haven’t thought of this connection before, I hope you will take a few minutes to do so.
University of Texas at Austin
As Fair Use Week begins, Francesca Giannetti and David Hunter consider the use of readily and legally available digital media for MOOCs.
Their experience stems from assisting a University of Texas professor with an online jazz appreciation course.
This week is Fair Use Week, an annual celebration of the important doctrines of fair use and fair dealing. It is designed to highlight and promote the opportunities presented by fair use and fair dealing, celebrate successful stories, and explain these doctrines.
Large copyright owners oppose expansive applications of fair use except, of course, when they are sued for copyright infringement. In recent years, the National Football League, Reed Elsevier, and Sony Pictures have all vigorously raised fair use in infringement cases in which they were defendants. As a proponent of strong fair use rights, I naturally want fair use to prevail whenever it is asserted.Read More›
Fair uses are all around us each day. The Fair Use Week Tumblr collects stories of these uses, explaining how fair use is employed in our activities. Last year, we read stories about e-reserve policies, parody, music sampling, and journal citing and subciting. We need more stories to share for this year!Read More›
Fair use week isn’t just about fair use! Fair dealing is an extremely important component of copyright law, similarly facilitating balance, in numerous jurisdictions including Canada. The University of Toronto is organizing a Canada-wide online discussion about this critical doctrine through videos, blog posts and social media.Read More›