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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.

Fair Use Week Comics

by Kyle K. Courtney, Jackie Roche, & Sarah W. Searle

The comics on this page were created for the Harvard Library Office of Scholarly Communication’s Fair Use Week annual programs, 2015–2018. The newest comic for the 5th Anniversary of Fair Use Week (2018) will be added soon! Stay tuned!

Fair Use Week 2017 at Duke

This video highlights how fair use helped facilitate work created in a course at Duke University taught by Professor Karrie Stewart on Global Narratives of HIV/AIDS. Ryan Fitzgerald, one of the students in that course, is interviewed here to talk about how he used material from the Maria de Bruyn collection in Duke’s Rubenstein Library to create a new work commenting on the original.

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Fair Use and Copyright First Responders 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. This infographic, made by Harvard Library’s Copyright First Responders, details the current state of the law, including the four factors, transformative uses, and cases for reference which are linked to openly licensed resources.