Scratching the Surface of Fair Use

Texas A&M Libraries are hosting an interactive, face-to-face, 1-hour session on Fair Use. This is an introductory session for all Library faculty and staff. The group activity and discussion will focus on four documents: ARL’s Fair Use Myths and Facts infographic, ARL’s Fair Use Fundamentals infographic, Kenny Crews’ The Text and Meaning of Fair Use, and Harvard University’s The Origin of Fair Use Comic.

Emilie Algenio
Texas A&M University Libraries

The MIT/Harvard Fair Use Game Show

Celebrate Fair Use Week with food, fair use, and fun at “The Fair Use Gameshow.” We’re partnering with copyright guru Kyle K. Courtney from Harvard’s Office for Scholarly Communication & staff from MIT’s Office of Digital Learning. Expert panelists will make arguments for and against fair use and the audience will vote: fair use or not? You decide! Who will win? Everyone wins when they better understand copyright and fair use.

Scholarly Publishing @ MIT Libraries & MIT’s Office of Digital Learning
MIT Libraries

Best Practices for Posting Readings to ELMS

Event for University of Maryland Libraries staff where we will discuss best practices for posting readings to the university’s learning management system and seeking input on how to best share this information with instructors and other members of the campus community.

Andy Horbal
University of Maryland Libraries

ACRL Presents—Celebrating Fair Use Week, “Answering Copyright Questions About Fair Use for Faculty Colleagues”

Join us for the free ACRL Presents webcast, “Can’t You Just Say Yes: Answering Copyright Questions About Fair Use for Faculty Colleagues,” on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 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.) (more…)

Copyright Assessment in the Trenches: Workflow, Tools, Metadata, and more

How do different institutions assess copyright? What workflows are in place? How is copyright indicated for end users? What tools are institutions/art libraries using to assess copyright? This moderated panel discussion will offer strategies for copyright assessment and workflows pertinent to special collections and international publications. Our panelists will bring pragmatic perspectives on copyright evaluation from a museum art library, a public research library, a university copyright advisory office, and a public university. Pain points for determining copyright presented by various formats, ownership issues, and digitization will be addressed through cases encountered by the panelists. Helpful tools and workflow strategies for moving forward, including widely available charts and resources, as well as software in beta for copyright determination will be shared. Lastly, we’ll look at how various institutions are handling rights metadata.

U.S. Copyright Law and its exceptions relevant to libraries and archives, such as Section 107 (Fair Use), Section 108(h), and Section 104(a) will be part of the discussion. A review of this Copyright Quick Guide is recommended prior to attending the session.

Resource List

Megan De Armond, Greg Cram, Deborah Kempe, Rina Pantalony, Victoria Pilato

Fifth Anniversary Fair Use Week Symposium, “Tried & True: Fair Use Tales for the Telling.”

It’s the Fifth Anniversary of Fair Use Week! Celebrate with a Fair Use Week Symposium, “Tried & True: Fair Use Tales for the Telling.” This event will bring together a vibrant community of artists, scholars, lawyers, librarians, archivists, and other leading fair use experts in a day of panels, discussions, and demonstrations.
Featuring keynote speaker Dr. Kenneth Crews (Gipson Hoffman & Pancione) and Laura Quilter (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) Christopher Bavitz (Harvard Law School, Cyberlaw Clinic) Dan Booth (Booth Sweet, LLC), Michael Donaldson (Donaldson + Callif), Rebekah Modrak (Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan) Zena Agha (U.S. Policy Fellow for Al-Shabaka), David Hansen (Duke University Libraries), Brandon Butler (University of Virginia Library), and more!

Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication
Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication

*Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2018 will take place from February 26 to March 2*

Ongoing Events


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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