Fair Use Week

Fair Use Poem

By Carrie Russell

They say fair use has turned on its head

That schools and libraries take fair use to bed

With veiled threats that litigation has worked before

It surely is not something we should ignore

So much hoopla and oh, such a haul

Schools and libraries follow the law!

 

 

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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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/Fair Dealing Week 2016 Highlights Balance in Copyright System

*Cross-posted from ARL News*

On February 22–26, 136 organizations and numerous individuals participated in Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2016, an annual celebration of the important—and flexible—doctrines of fair use and fair dealing. This year’s event was organized by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and participants included universities, libraries, library associations, and many other organizations, such as Creative Commons, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge, the R Street Institute, Re:Create, and Wikimedia.

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