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Recent Developments in Fair Use
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ACRL is offering an online course called “Recent Developments in Fair Use” which may be of interest to CCUMC members. Here’s a blurb from the course website:


“Over four weeks, get up to date in copyright law, with a particular emphasis on fair use. The first week will be devoted to an overview of current U.S. copyright law, with special attention to areas of the law that affect libraries. Topics will include the first sale doctrine, varying interpretations of the distribution right, copyright term extension and restoration, and intermediary liability. The second week will cover fair use in the area of electronic reserve, with particular attention to the Georgia State case. The third week will cover fair use in the area of mass digitization, with attention to Authors Guild v. HathiTrust and Authors Guild v. Google. The final week will explore additional fair use cases from the last decade alongside proposals for legislative reform of copyright in the United States.   


Participation in the course will take place via asynchronous forums, weekly live chats, and written assignments. In the first week, participants will address a set of library-based scenarios designed to challenge and improve their ability to explain various facets of copyright law. In the second and third weeks, each participant will prepare a copyright policy to guide a hypothetical electronic reserve or mass digitization program. In the fourth week, participants will be paired off to meet (online or by phone) to critique and discuss each other’s policies.  Through this combination of activities, the course will not only refresh and deepen participants’ knowledge of copyright law; it will also provide opportunities for practical application of that knowledge.”


The course will be taught by Ana Enriquez, former Head Teaching Fellow for CopyrightX, which I posted about last year, and will run from March 21 to April 15. Here are the registration fees:


ACRL member: $135

ALA member: $175

Nonmember: $195

Student: $60