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Fair Use Week 2015

 The University Libraries are celebrating Fair Use Week 2015 with several  activities, including the webinar  “Celebrating Fair Use Week: Does Fair Use Really Work?”produced by the Association of College and Research Libraries.  There will be a group viewing of the webinar on Tuesday Feb 24 at 2pm EASTERN time in the University Library Cobb Room. It is also available to anyone who would like to register, so you can view it individually as well. Registration details are below.
Join us for the free ACRL Presents webcast, “Celebrating Fair Use Week: Does Fair Use Really Work?on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, from 1:00 — 2:00 p.m. Central time.  Fair use seems obscure and difficult to many. Especially after the Appeals Court ruling in the Georgia State case, we may find ourselves wondering if it is really a workable approach to balancing the rights of creators with socially desirable uses. Yet many other countries are seeking to emulate what they see as the benefits of fair use. In this webinar, we will try to unwind some of the complexity of fair use. We will consider the role of context in making fair use decisions and suggest strategies for deciding when to turn to fair use and how to think through the analysis.
Learning outcomes:
·         Learn about some of the rationale behind an open-ended copyright exception like fair use.
·         Gain a greater understanding of how fair use works and when it is applicable to a specific situation.
·         Gain greater confidence when making fair use decisions.
Presenter: Kevin Smith, Director, Copyright & Scholarly Communication, Duke University Libraries
Kevin’s first book, Owning and Using Scholarship: An IP Handbook for Teachers and Researchers” recently published by ACRL, is available for purchase in print, as an e-book and as a print/ e-book bundle and is also available as an Open Access edition on the ACRL website.
How to register
Submit your free registration online by February 21, 2015.  The webcast will be recorded and made available shortly after the live event.
Questions should be directed to  More details about Fair Use Week, February 23-27, 2015, are available online.
Your own participation in Fair Use Week 2015 may also include reading and bookmarking the various fair use best practice statements which have been recently developed for various groups. This is an excellent way to learn more about fair use and how our fair use rights can be used within different contexts.
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for OpenCourseWare
The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Poetry
The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video
Documentary Filmmakers' Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use
Set of Principles in Fair Use for Journalism
Statement of the Fair Use of Images for Teaching, Research, and Study
Society for Cinema and Media Studies' Statement of Fair Use Best Practices for Media Studies Publishing
Society for Cinema and Media Studies' Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use in Teaching for Film and Media Educators
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Scholarly Research in Communication
Best Practices in Fair Use of Dance-related Materials
Blog post created by Lorre Smith
Image source:

By Alvan Clark (1804–1887) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons from Wikimedia Commons

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