Fair Use Code Adopted CCUMC Adopts Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries - December 2012The Government Regulations & Public Policy (GR&PP) Committee of CCUMC recommended adopting the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use For Academic and Research Libraries, to the CCUMC Board of Directors in December. The code was published in January 2012 by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and was developed in partnership with the Center for Social Media and the Washington College of Law at American University. After discussion, the Board in turn adopted the recommendation. We believe that the guidance provided by the Code is a valuable and comprehensive tool for clarifying current fair use needs and practices, and holds great weight because the higher education community at large has deemed these guidelines acceptable. We encourage our members to apply the Code’s guidance on the limitations, precautions and reasonable applications of fair use when using media materials.
The GR&PP Committee also recommended that we retire the Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia, developed in 1998, due to ongoing changes in technology, delivery and educational practices. While our Guidelines served for many years to provide direction for our members and others in the field, the new Code, as well as recent court cases and legislation that it reflects, all supersede the CCUMC Fair Use Guidelines in the prevailing networked online environment. We will retain the Guidelines and their supporting documentation in an archives section of our CCUMC web site. They are of historical importance and we acknowledge the dedicated work involved in developing guidelines that remained a standard for over a decade. The CCUMC Board of Directors agreed with this recommendation.
We encourage you to contact Jane Hutchison, GR&PP Chair, if you have any questions or concerns. We are in the process of redesigning the Copyright Matters web site to address these changes, as well as including links to copyright information that many of you have shared from your own local institutions so that you will be able to more easily locate useful information and guidance within our community.