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Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week Day 1 Roundup

Last Updated on July 9, 2022, 9:43 am ET

This year, libraries, universities, and civil society groups celebrate Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week February 21–25.

Fair use (in the US) and fair dealing (in Canada and other jurisdictions) is a right that allows the use of copyrighted materials without permission from the copyright holder under certain circumstances. Association of Research Libraries (ARL) President K. Matthew Dames, the Edward H. Arnold University Librarian for the University of Notre Dame, says of fair use: “Fair use is an indispensable tool allowing librarians, researchers, journalists, and the public to access and use copyrighted original sources, which is critical to understanding the truth of any issue. Along with rights that Congress specifically granted to libraries, fair use propels the advancement of culture and knowledge, which is the fundamental purpose of copyright.”

For this year’s Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week, ARL partnered with the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) #MediaWell project to interview experts reflecting on the question of how fair use supports research, journalism, and truth. You can find those interviews below, along with a roundup of blog posts, projects, and events from fair users around the globe.

Day 1 (Monday, February 21)

Blog Posts/News