The third annual Fair Use/Fair Dealing week ran from February 22-26. The event celebrates the American doctrine of fair use and the Canadian doctrine of fair dealing. According to the event website:
“Fair use and fair dealing are essential limitations and exceptions to copyright, allowing the use of copyrighted materials without permission from the copyright holder under certain circumstances. Fair use and fair dealing are flexible doctrines, allowing copyright to adapt to new technologies. These doctrines facilitate balance in copyright law, promoting further progress and accommodating freedom of speech and expression.
While fair use and fair dealing is employed on a daily basis by students, faculty, librarians, journalists, and all users of copyrighted material, Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week is a time to promote and discuss the opportunities presented, celebrate successful stories and explain the doctrine.”
This year’s host, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), has posted a roundup of highlights from the 136 organizations and numerous individuals that made contributions. ARL’s “Fair Use in the Life of a Student” infographic, two comics produced by Harvard University which chronicle the famous Supreme Court cases Bill Graham Archives v. DK and Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, and five videos created by ARL libraries which highlight fair use and fair dealing are particularly worth checking out. The whole site is a treasure trove of teaching and learning resources, though--be sure to give it a look!
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