Fair use is a user’s right that helps libraries and their users ensure that rights persist in the digital environment. Libraries may rely on fair use as well as other rights to facilitate their core functions. Learn more about the special rights that libraries enjoy to promote the progress of science and the useful arts using the Know Your Copyrights resource.
- ACRL scholarly communication toolkit
- Fair use/fair dealing week toolkit
- Fair use infographic
- Best practices for OER
ACRL’s Scholarly Communication Toolkit, developed and maintained by the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee (ReSEC), provides content and context on a broad range of scholarly communications topics and offers resources and tools for the practitioner. The Toolkit is freely available online and licensed through Creative Commons.
Here are some resources to help you celebrate Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week on your campus:
- Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week logos and brand guide
- Calendar of Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week events
- Blog posts on fair use/fair dealing
Harvard University’s Fair Use Comic on the Authors Guild, Inc. v. Google Inc. case, written by Kyle C. Courtney, art by Jackie Roche.
by Ariel Katz
It is Fair Dealing Week and I’m happy to share a draft of my new forthcoming chapter “Debunking the Fair Use vs. Fair Dealing Myth: Have We Had Fair Use All Along?” Here’s the abstract:
According to conventional wisdom, a fundamental difference exists between the American fair use doctrine and the Canadian (or Commonwealth) fair dealing doctrine: while American fair use can apply potentially to any purpose, Canadian fair dealing could only apply to those purposes enumerated in the statute. Accordingly, fair dealing cannot apply to dealings for other purposes even if they would otherwise be fair.Read More›
by Timothy Vollmer
During Fair Use Week organizations and individuals are publishing blog posts, hosting workshops, and sharing educational resources about the importance of this essential limitation to the rights endowed by copyright. Fair use (and in other countries, the related fair dealing) is a flexible legal tool that permits some uses of copyrighted material without permission from the original rights holder, such as for use in news reporting, criticism, teaching, and other reasons.
This infographic illustrates how fair use advances innovation, creativity, and scholarship, ultimately allowing new knowledge to be created and shared.
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!
New Media Rights, “The Fair Use App: An Interactive Guide for Filmmakers and Video Creators“
Recording of “Using Fair Use to Preserve and Share Disappearing Government Information: A Guide for Rogue Librarians,” with Lillian Rigling and Will Cross, NCSU Libraries
View Kyle K. Courtney, Copyright Advisor at Harvard University Library, speak on “Fair Use Fights Fascism: Some Fair Use Week Thoughts on the 1st Amendment & Fair Use”
Fair Use Video Code: Documentary Filmmakers’ Statement of Best Practices by the Center for Media & Social Impact at the School of Communication, American University.
Copy This Podcast Episode 4: Fair Use: You Use It More Than You Realize with Corynne McSherry (EFF) by Re:Create.