Success of Fair Use Codes of Best Practices
Does the approach of creating a code of best practices, anchored in professional practice, actually work to expand the utility of fair use? What has happened to others who used codes of best practices to gain access to their rights? This document describes specific examples of success with using codes of best practice.
Amici Curiae Brief in Support of Kirtsaeng
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) joined the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), who all work collectively as the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), to file an amicus curiae brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in support of petitioner Supap Kirtsaeng in the case Kirtsaeng v. Wiley & Sons.
GSU Fair Use Decision Recap and Implications
On Friday, May 11, 2012, Judge Orinda Evans released her 350-page opinion in the copyright infringement lawsuit against Georgia State University. This memo summarizes the key rulings in the case and discusses some possible consequences for libraries generally.
Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities
This memo summarizes the key rulings in the Georgia State University (GSU) lawsuit and discusses some possible consequences for libraries generally.
Membership Meeting 2012 (Spring): Phase Three: The Code of Best Practices Hits the Road
Proceedings of the 160th ARL Membership Meeting, May 2012.
Authors Guild v. Hathi Trust Amicus Brief
In their motion for partial judgment on the pleadings, Plaintiffs in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust advance a radical and unprecedented interpretation of 17 U.S.C. § 108 that threatens the most routine library operations.
Why Best Practices in Fair Use? A Compendium of Key Articles
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use: FAQ for Librarians/General Overview
Academic Research on Fair Use and Codes of Best Practices
Flyer discussing the advantages of an approach to determining fair use that is rooted in professional consensus, rather than (for example) negotiating standards with right holders or consulting legal experts.
Fair Use and Education: The Way Forward
The ability to make reasonable "fair use" of copyrighted material is both economically and culturally important to the enterprise of education. In asserting fair use, teachers, librarians, and others cannot rely on a claim of "educational exceptionalism," for which there is no clear basis in U.S. Copyright law. Instead, they should seek to take advantage of current trends in copyright caselaw, including the marked trend toward preferring uses that are "transformative," where the amount of content used is appropriate to the transformative purpose. Over twenty years, we have accumulated considerable information about what constitutes "transformativeness," and members of the education community are well-positioned to provide persuasive narratives explaining how educational uses significantly repurpose and add value to the copyrighted content they incorporate. Published in Law & Literature, Vol. 24 No. 3 (Fall 2012).
Copyright Education, Academic Integrity Codes and Fair Use
Flyer discussing copyright education and academic integrity codes.
The Law of Fair Use and the Illusion of Fair-Use Guidelines
Several "official" and formal guidelines that attempt to define the scope of fair use for specific applications—notably for education, research, and library services—have emerged in the years since passage of the Copyright Act of 1976. Although some interested parties and some governmental agencies have welcomed these guidelines, none of them ever has had the force of law. This article analyzes the origins of guidelines, the various governmental documents and court rulings that reference the guidelines, and the substantive content of the guidelines themselves to demonstrate that in fact the guidelines bear little relationship, if any, to the law of fair use.
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use: FAQ for Professors
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use: FAQ for Students
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use: Designing the Public Domain
This Note from the Harvard Law Review organizes research on pro-social motivation around the motivation-fostering effects of empowerment, community, and fairness. By incorporating these norms into the cultural architecture of the public domain, we can promote greater information production at less cost than by relying solely on the intellectual property system's traditional tools of exclusion.
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use: Fair Use and Research Libraries
Discusses copyright and its problems, why librarians need useable fair use, and the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use: Fair Use and Students
Discusses why students need to understand fair use, copyright and its problems, how codes of best practices help
USPTO Position on Fair Use of Copies of NPL Made in Patent Examination
Memorandum from Bernard J. Knight, Jr. discussing the application of the fair use doctrine to the use of non-patent literature (NPL) in the patent examination process.
Accessibility, The Chafee Amendment, and Fair Use
Flyer discussing fair use and the reproduction of material for use by disabled students, faculty, staff, and other appropriate users.
You Can't Be Too Careful: The Cost of Conservatism to Academic and Research Librarians' Mission
Argues the value of the Code of Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries to help librarians determine fair use guidelines for their institutions.
In the Matter of Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies: Comments of the Library Copyright Alliance and the Music Library Association
Comments of the Library Copyright Alliance and the Music Library Association.
Membership Meeting 2011 (Fall): Undue Diligence
Presented at the 159th ARL Membership Meeting, October 2011.
Research Library Issues, no. 275 (June 2011): Report of the Task Force on International Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Practices
RLI issue 275 includes:
- Report of the Task Force on International Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Practices
- White Paper: International Interlibrary Loan
- White Paper: US Law and International Interlibrary Loan
- White Paper: Trends in Licensing
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic Libraries
This is a code of best practices in fair use devised specifically by and for the academic and research library community. It enhances the ability of librarians to rely on fair use by documenting the considered views of the library community about best practices in fair use, drawn from the actual practices and experience of the library community itself.
A PDF is available here code-of-best-practices-fair-use.pdf
Print copies are also available for $2.00 each plus shipping & handling.
Research Library Issues, no. 273 (Dec. 2010)
RLI issue 273 includes:
- Three Key Public Policies for Research Libraries: Net Neutrality, Fair Use, Open and Public Access
- The Importance of Net Neutrality to Research Libraries in the Digital Age
- Challenges in Employing Fair Use in Academic and Research Libraries
- Public Access to Federally Funded Research: Contributions to Economic Development, Competitiveness, and Innovation
Letter to Tracey L. Armstrong re: Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) underwriting litigation (Nov. 11, 2010)
Letter expressing ARL's disappointment with the decision by the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) to underwrite 50% of the plaintiffs' costs in the litigation by three publishers against Georgia State University.
Membership Meeting 2010 (Fall): Are Libraries Rising to the Fair Use Challenge?
Presented at the 157th ARL Membership Meeting, October 2010.
Membership Meeting 2010 (Fall): Fair Use in Research Libraries
Presented at the 157th ARL Membership Meeting, October 2010.
Research Library Issues, no. 270 (June 2010)
RLI issue 270 includes:
- Celebrating 10 Years of ARL’s Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce
- ETDs and Graduate Education: Programs and Prospects
- Urban Copyright Legends
- Open Access Week: Library Strategies for Advancing Change
ARL, Center for Social Media, PIJIP to Prepare Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries
Announcement that of ARL's joint project with the Center for Social Media at American University, and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property in American University's Washington College of Law, to prepare a code of best practices in fair use for academic and research libraries.