Today marks the first day of Fair Use Week 2016!
What is Fair Use Week?
Fair Use week is organized by ARL (Association of Research Libraries) and is an annual celebration of the important doctrines of fair use and fair dealing. It is designed to highlight and promote the opportunities presented by fair use and fair dealing, celebrate stories, and explain these doctrines. (fairuseweek.org)
Perhaps a better place to start…
What is Fair Use?
Fair use is a legal doctrine that promotes freedom of expression by permitting the unlicensed use of copyright-protected works in certain circumstances. Section 107 of the Copyright Act provides the statutory framework for determining whether something is a fair use and identifies certain types of uses—such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research—as examples of activities that may qualify as fair use. (copyright.gov/fair-use)
Give me an example from my life
- Everything that made Weird Al famous. (Think of all those parodies! Canadian Idiot, Eat It, I Can’t Watch This, etc.)
- A news report on 60 Minutes quotes the findings of major medical research from a recently published research study.
- A review of a song or album that quotes lyrics. Here’s a recent one from The Current: http://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2016/02/15/album-of-the-week-cloud-cult-the-seeker
Celebrate with us!
Librarians love fair use. It gives us an opportunity to say “yes” to teachers and researchers when they ask about using material in classes or research articles. Throughout this week, a variety of Iowa State librarians will be contributing to our blog to further explore fair use. These postings may reflect on their own experiences using fair use–or they may share their favorite fair use conversations. Stay tuned to this blog all week for more!