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.
Martin J. Brennan
Scholarly Communication Education Librarian