Fair Use Week

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

Panel Discussion: Fair Use and Copyrights in Academic Research, Publishing, and Teaching

Join us for light refreshments and a discussion of Fair Use of copyrighted works in research, teaching, and publishing from a variety of perspectives: visual arts, publishing, legal practice, scientific research and teaching, and graduate student theses and dissertations. Virginia Tech.

James Creekmore, Janice Austin, Deborah Good, Peter Potter, Bailey Van Hook, Lisa Becksford
Virginia Tech

Celebrate Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week with the Copyright Discussion Group!

The University of Maryland Libraries’ Copyright Discussion Group will celebrate Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week Tuesday, February 21 at 2pm in the Engineering and Physical Sciences Library’s PSL Mulitpurpose Room by hosting an ACRL Presents webcast called “Using Fair Use to Preserve and Share Disappearing Government Information: A Guide for Rogue Librarians” followed by presentations by three guest speakers, Amy Ginther from Project NEThics, our colleague Joseph Koivisto, and Adam Kriesberg from the iSchool. The webinar will be from 2-3pm, the guest speakers will talk from 3-3:30pm, and we have the room until 4pm so we’ll be encouraging people to stick around until then to chat. This event is open to the public.


Amy Ginther, IT Specialist with Security/Project NEThics in the Division of Information Technology, will discuss the process through which the university, as an online service provider, claims safe harbor from copyright infringement liability. She will also mention additional ways in which Project NEThics, the group charged with promoting the responsible use of information technology through user education and policy enforcement, addresses intellectual property issues.

Joseph Koivisto, one of our Systems Librarians, who deals with Consortial Libraries Applications Support, is attending a DataRescueDC event February 18th-19th to help archive and describe digital research data funded and hosted by federal research agencies. He will share his experience at the event and some of his expertise with archiving data.

Adam Kriesberg, a Post-Doctoral Scholar at Maryland’s iSchool, works on projects related to agricultural data curation. He also is attending the Saving Data Event happening this weekend and will share some insights into that event and his own experience with archiving government data.

Andy Horbal
University of Maryland
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