Fair Use Week

Introduction to Copyright & Fair Use

Are you curious about what exactly fair use is? Have you ever wondered if you can use an image in your academic work? Are you unsure of whether free videos on YouTube are copyrighted? Join us to hear about these issues and get answers to your own questions.

This workshop counts as a research communication workshop for the Research Training Certificate offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research. University of Texas.

Colleen Lyon
University of Texas at Austin

These are your rights….

While my library is having a couple of formal events I’m plugging Fair Use week in my blog (theconfirmationbias).     The usual disclaimer that I am not a lawyer AND, in this case, this is me as an individual not me representing Notre Dame!

The Clash’s  Know Your Rights  with its frightening warning that “You have the right to free speech as long as you’re not dumb enough to actually try it” is just as timely today as it was in 1982 when it was released.

You probably know that the right to free speech is in the first amendment, along with the right to free assembly and the prohibition against any religious test for participation in this, our happy republic.  But you might not know that our intellectual property law ALSO starts in the first amendment.  Yup, intellectual property law is the love child of the first amendment and Article 1 section 8 of the Constitution.

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Fan Fiction and Fair Use

There are millions of fan fiction works both online and off. Though many content creators support or even encourage fan-made books, comics, plays, or films inspired by their work, others see them as infringing their copyrights or eating into their profits. Some have responded with lawsuits. In this talk, Harvard Copyright Advisor Kyle K. Courtney explores court cases related to fan fiction and fair use, the doctrine in copyright law that allows users to build on others’ work without permission.
Cases discussed include the recently settled Star Trek case, Paramount Pictures v. Axanar, and the JK Rowling/Harry Potter lawsuit, Warner Brothers v. RDR Books.
Location: Building 32-124.
Refreshments provided.

Katharine Dunn
MIT and Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication

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.

Fair Use Documentary Screening: “Other People’s Footage” w/ panel Q&A

Please join us for a special Fair Use Week screening of the documentary “Other People’s Footage,” coupled with a panel discussion with the directors and lead fair use litigator, Michael C. Donaldson, Esq., on February 23rd at 4:00 in the Harvard Law School’s Langdell South (272 Kirkland and Ellis Room). Food and Drink to be served!

Kyle K. Courtney
Harvard University

Copyright & Multimedia Projects: Options for Faculty Students

Do you or your students create multimedia resources such as videos, documentaries, or other audio visual material? Learn a process to identify and address copyright issues for creating multimedia. Virginia Tech

Anita Walz
Virginia Tech

Is It a Fair Use? A Hands-On Discussion

Learn about and try out a process and interactive tool for copyright and fair use evaluations. Virginia Tech.

Virginia Pannabecker, Anita Walz
Virginia Tech
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