The Ohio State University Libraries’ Copyright Resources Center Celebrates Fair Use Week

Fair Use Week is an annual event hosted by the Association of Research Libraries to celebrate the fair use exception in U.S. Copyright Law. Fair use facilitates the use of copyrighted materials for education, research, news reporting, creative projects, and much more. Learn more at or follow @fairuseweek on Twitter. During Fair Use Week, the OSU Libraries’ Copyright Resources Center ( will be blogging and tweeting about fair use.

Interactive Exhibit at Virginia Tech

Exhibit Curators: Virginia Pannabecker, Anita Walz, Robert Sebek, Keith Gilbertson, and Scott Fralin

Fair Use Week will include an interactive exhibit describing U.S. copyrights and Fair Use. The exhibit will feature a local case study and additional current and historical examples related to fair use.

Where: 2nd Floor, Newman Library at Virginia Tech

Fair Use Week Exhibit Opening at Virginia Tech

Exhibit Curators: Virginia Pannabekcer, Anita Walz, Robert Sebek, Keith Gilbertson, and Scott Fralin
Sponsored by: Scholarly Communications, Virginia Tech University Libraries

Following a brief introduction, enjoy light refreshments, and explore this interactive exhibit on U.S. Copyright and Fair Use. Try out various tools and resources for your analysis. Is it a Fair Use? You decide!

Where: 2nd Floor Exhibit area, Newman Library, near Alumni Mall entrance
When: Monday, February 22 from 4:30–5:00 p.m.

IP Consciousness in the New Economy (Georgia Tech)

The Georgia Tech Library will offer “IP Consciousness in the New Economy,” a roundtable featuring experts prepared to help guide you through securing your intellectual ownership.

The two-hour seminar, held in in room 325 in Clough Commons, includes a question and answer period, an opportunity for free guidance and technical advice from experts in the field.

Questions are being taken now, so make sure to submit yours via

For additional questions, please e-mail Bing Wang, Director of the Library’s Intellectual Property Advisory Office, at

When: Tuesday, February 23 from 4:00 p.m.–6:00p.m.
Where: Georgia Tech, 325 Clough Commons

Overview of Intellectual Property Webinar

Held Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 11 a.m. to noon in Homer Rice Center, “Overview of Intellectual Property” introduces the various branches of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.

Michael Razavi, an intellectual property outreach educator and senior advisor to the Office of Innovation Development at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), will lead the webinar.

To learn more, click here.

Homer Rice Center is located on the ground floor of Price Gilbert Library. This webinar is a collaboration of the University Outreach Program of the USPTO and Georgia Tech’s Patent and Trademark Resource Center.

No registration is needed.

For more information, please e-mail Patent Librarian Lisha Li at

When: Tuesday, February 23 from 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Where: Georgia Tech, Homer Rice Center

Fair Use in Scholarly Journal and Book Publishing—publisher, author, and library perspectives

Co-hosted by MIT and Harvard, this live-streamed panel discussion will explore the barriers and issues that arise when scholarly publishers consider whether to allow fair use as a basis for inclusion of 3rd party material in scholarly articles and books, and will consider the implications for authors and the scholarly publishing process. Has the recent increase in fair use decisions in the federal courts convinced some publishers that fair use is a powerful and viable right, while still mitigating risk for their business model?

The panel will include perspectives from a university press publisher, author, and attorney/librarian as moderator.

Speakers include:
Nick Lindsay, Journals Director, MIT Press
Bill Smith, Director of Intellectual Property Licensing MIT Press
Author and Harvard Librarian—Coming Soon, TBA
Kyle K. Courtney, Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication, Attorney and librarian—moderator and panelist

February 23, 12 p.m.–1 p.m.
Killian Hall: Building 14, 1st floor, outside Hayden Library

All are welcome—and the event will be live-streamed—connect via

Is it a Fair Use?: A Hands-On Discussion

Facilitated by Virginia Pannabecker, Health, Life Science & Scholarly Communication Librarian and Anita Walz, Open Education, Copyright & Scholarly Communications Librarian

Join librarians from Virginia Tech University Libraries for a brief overview of guidelines to consider U.S. Copyright questions. Discuss your experiences, and use an interactive tool to analyze example Fair Use case studies.

When: Tuesday, February 23rd from 9:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m.
Where Online via WebEx, contact Virginia Pannabecker ( for online meeting information.

New International Movement to Standardize Rights Statements—and How We’re Participating in it at Virginia Tech

Facilitated by Amanda French, Director, Digital Research Services

Find out how Virginia Tech University Libraries is leading adoption of standardized, machine-readable rights statements to make digital scholarly and cultural content provided in VTechWorks, Special Collections, and other collections more easily aggregated and used.

When: Tuesday, February 23 from 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Where: Virginia Tech, Multipurpose Room (MPR), Newman Library, Level 1

Presentation: Fair Dealing in Canada (Ottawa)

Event type: Workshops & seminars, Academic, Professional development, Personal enrichment
Event organizer: Copyright office
Event language: English and French
Intended audience: Open to all, Students, Undergraduate students, Graduate students, Professors, Staff, Alumni, Public
Supporting website:

Fair dealing is an important element of modern Canadian copyright law, particularly as it relates to post-secondary institutions. Taking place in late February, Fair Dealing Week is an opportunity to discuss and expand on this concept.

Join us for a panel discussion considering fair dealing and its place within international copyright law, as well as a presentation by David Lametti, Member of the House of Commons and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade.

Following the presentation, refreshments will be served.

Date: Wednesday February 24 2016
Time: 3 pm to 5 pm
Location: University of Ottawa, Morisset Library Lounge, MRT 141


Panel members will be :

Jeremy de Beer — Professor, University of Ottawa

Susan Haigh — Executive Director, Canadian Association of Research Libraries

Stéphane Caron — Partner, Gowlings WLG

Fair Use in Research Education (Ohio State)

Do you use copyrighted materials from third party sources in your teaching or research publications? Have you heard that all educational use is fair use but have some concerns about whether this is accurate? How can you evaluate whether something may qualify as fair use or determine if you need to seek permission? Join the Copyright Resources Center ( during Fair Use Week to learn how to use copyrighted material confidently and legally in your research publications and teaching.
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–> Contact: University Libraries’ Copyright Resources Center at

When: Wednesday, February 25 from 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Where: Ohio State, Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library

Fair Use in a Copyrighted World

Fair use is essential to using copyrighted works lawfully. On the other hand, fair use is sometimes poorly understood, frequently underestimated, and typically undervalued as a lawful strategy for using copyrighted works in creating scholarship, developing teaching resources, and providing critical analysis of creative works. This presentation will focus on “user rights” and the why and the how of fair use, including its relationship to the academy, social policy, and digital technologies.

Dwayne Buttler, Evelyn J. Schneider Endowed Chair for Scholarly Communication, University of Louisville Libraries
University of Louisville

Fair Use in Seven Words

As part of the UVA Library’s celebration of Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week, join the Library’s new Director of Information Policy, Brandon Butler, for a short introduction to the most important part of the Copyright Act for libraries and their users: the fair use doctrine. Using the work of food writer Michael Pollan as a starting point, Butler will walk you through an approach to fair use that replaces phony math, outdated guidelines, and fear with empowerment grounded in the latest case law. You’ll learn how to apply a seven-word, Pollan-style mantra to make sense of challenging fair use decisions: “Use fairly, not too much, have reasons.”

When: Wednesday, 2/24, 10am
Where: Clemons 201

Fair Use and the Future of Digital Humanities

This two-hour event will be held at UVA and will include:

  • UVA colleagues talking about their DH research
  • Jonathan Band talking about HathiTrust case
  • Stephen Downie from HathiTrust talking about the research corpus

Stay tuned for further description and location.

When: 2/24 from 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Where: UVA’s grounds

Mitigating Risk at the Front Lines: The Library Copyright First Responders Program

Issues of fair use and open access, MOOCs and repositories, and the push to digitize means that library patrons, faculty, students, staff, need more guidance on copyright matters than ever. These questions are arriving at the library with greater frequency. A modern, 21st century library should be equipped to answer such questions. The Library Copyright First Responders (CFR) program has developed the first decentralized model of copyright expertise in an academic setting, relying on a hub-and-spoke model to answer questions from the communities associated with certain libraries. The librarians, each with their own focus, specialty, degrees, and training, are in the best position to be trained to answer © questions from their respective communities. Therefore copyright training should be layered on top of that subject expertise, and result in a systemic shift in copyright knowledge thought the academic setting – the library becomes the focus of copyright inquiry and policy. The presentation will reveal the examine the types of © questions received, note the thematic uniformity of large © questions, present success metrics on questions answered, lessons learned, and share best practices in creating a CFR program.

Kyle K. Courtney
Association of Southeastern Research Libraries

Behind the Scenes of the Fair Use Week Exhibit at Virginia Tech: How We Made Our Copyright Decisions

Presented by the VT University Libraries Fair Use Week exhibit curators. Discussion of decisions made when using copyrighted material in this exhibit, and examples of copyright decision experiences from participants. Light refreshments included.

When: Wednesday, February 24th from 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Where: Virginia Tech, Multipurpose Room (MPR), Newman Library, Level 1

Is it a Fair Use?: A Hands-On Discussion (Virginia Tech)

Presented by Virginia Pannabecker, Health, Life Science & Scholarly Communication Librarian and Anita Walz, Open Education, Copyright & Scholarly Communications Librarian.

Join librarians from Virginia Tech University Libraries for a brief overview of guidelines to consider U.S. Copyright questions. Discuss your experiences, and use an interactive tool to analyze example Fair Use case studies.

When: Wednesday, February 24 from 1:25 p.m.–2:15 p.m. Eastern Time
Where: Virginia Tech, Multipurpose Room (MPR), Newman Library, Level 1

ACRL Presents – Celebrating Fair Use Week, “The Fair Use Factors: Their History and Application”

Join us for the free ACRL Presents webcast, “The Fair Use Factors: Their History and Application,” on Thursday, February 25, 2016, from 1:00 — 2:00 p.m. Central time (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern. Convert additional time zones online at

The language of the fair use factors has changed very little since the nineteenth century, but the doctrine of fair use has changed a great deal. Understanding the history of the factors, particularly their changing importance, is crucial to making accurate fair use decisions today. This webcast will focus on fair use cases from the last forty years, tracing the relative importance of the four statutory factors and their subfactors. Participants will then be asked to practice applying current fair use law to a series of hypothetical fact patterns.

Learning outcomes:
1. Learn the history of fair use factors and subfactors including commerciality, publication status, and transformativeness.
2, Learn the current relative importance of the four fair use factors and their subfactors.
3. Use this knowledge of the fair use factors to make fair use decisions.

Presenter: Ana Enriquez is a copyright lawyer who focuses on the issues facing libraries, universities, and other cultural institutions. She has taught copyright and internet law in several contexts, including as the Head Teaching Fellow for the online course CopyrightX from 2013 to 2015. She is a member of the Illinois and Massachusetts bars and is a graduate of Berkeley Law and Harvard College.

How to register: Submit your free registration online by February 24, 2016, at The webcast will be recorded and made available shortly after the live event.

Questions should be directed to

Kara Malenfant
Association of College and Research Libraries

The Transformative Transformation of Fair Use

Join the UMKC Copyright Support Team as we celebrate Fair Use week through an active discussion of Fair Use in an academic setting, with an emphasis on the emergence of transformative use in Fair Use analysis. Learn where it originated, where it’s going, and see how it applies to your teaching and research through group discussion of case studies and puzzlers, as well as an extensive Q&A.

University of Missouri-Kansas City

Transformative Collage Buttons: a hands-on activity for Fair Use Week

As part of Fair Use Week 2016 at Yale, the Haas Arts Library is hosting a collage and button-making activity. Learn about “transformativeness,” a major consideration in fair use decisions, by repurposing copyrighted images into small collages and buttons. Bring your creative eye–supplies will be provided. Open to the general public, admission is free.

Speaker/Performer: Alexandra Provo Kress Fellow in Art Librarianship, 2015-2016

When: Friday, February 26, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Where: Robert B. Haas Family Library (LORIA), Haas Arts Library new book area, 180 York St., New Haven, CT 06511

Contact Information: Yale University Library, 203-432-1810

Fair Use: Past, Present, and Future of a Critical Legal Right (Keynote Address)

Part of FSU’s Institute on Copyright in Higher Education, Kyle K. Courtney is giving a keynote address.
There have been several successful legal efforts in libraries and educational institutions to embrace and understand fair use, especially transformative fair use, as a right. The naturally transformative nature of education and library/archives work creates an environment where librarians can and should employ fair use analysis, based on caselaw and statutes, to determine the potential authenticity of their work, whether reproduction, digitization, or an array of multi-media programming and exhibits. Additionally, a librarian’s “good faith” efforts determining the fair use right can, in some cases, relieve a library from any copyright statutory damages under the copyright act. This session aims to explore the past, present and future of fair use, and reveals that the very nature of fair use represents the future foundation of 21st century education and scholarship.

Live Stream link:

Kyle K. Courtney
Florida State University Libraries

*Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2017 will take place from February 20-24, 2017*

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Blog posts

ARL will have guest blog posts throughout the week, cross-posted to the Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week site