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Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week Round-Up

Friday, March 3, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: CCUMC Executive Office
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Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2017 is in the bag! The official website has been updated to include round-ups from each of the five days of the event, as well as a recap which includes highlights and announces that next edition of the event will take place from February 26-March 2, 2018. Items of particular interest to me include ALA President-Elect Jim Neal’s Op-Ed in The Hill called “Balance Is Everything,” Public Knowledge’s mash-up video “Let Them Go: A Copyright Policy Song,” and most especially the comic “Fair Use of Unpublished Works” created by Kyle K. Courtney, Jackie Roche, and Sarah W. Searle of Harvard University especially for the event. The image on page 4 of a judge’s gavel looming over a scholar is one of the best graphic depictions of copyright’s potential to freeze creativity that I’ve ever seen—I am definitely inspired to tackle something more ambitious next year!

In other news, the U.S. Copyright Office launched an updated website at yesterday. The site is much easier to navigate, which is great, and I like the inclusion of a new History and Education section. If I have one quibble, it’s that fair use isn’t celebrated the same way that other provision of U.S. copyright law are. Admittedly, the Fair Use Index (one of my favorite USCO resources) is front-and-center on the main page, but it’s virtually absent from other areas of the site such as the resources for students and teachers and F.A.Q., where I think it deserves its own section. I recognize that this wasn’t necessarily the intent of this redesign, though, so: kudos, Copyright Office!

Last but not least, I finally remembered to sign up for alerts about H.R. 890 - Copyright Office for the Digital Economy Act, a bill sponsored by Representative Tom Marion (R-PA-10) to make the Copyright Office a separate (from the Library of Congress) independent agency in the legislative branch, which of course (see here) I disagree with. If this is an issue you care about, consider doing the same!

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