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Great Resources from Past Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week Celebrations

Last Updated on February 26, 2019, 3:26 pm ET

This week is Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week, an annual celebration of the important doctrines of fair use and fair dealing. It is designed to highlight and promote the opportunities presented by fair use and fair dealing, celebrate successful stories, and explain these doctrines.

Over the past five years, ARL has enjoyed coordinating the international Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week celebrations. I’ve enjoyed seeing the celebration grow in number of participants across the world with great events and resources shared each year.  While I always look forward to seeing what new resources each celebration brings, we shouldn’t forget about all the great infographics, videos, podcasts and other materials shared previously.  Below are some of my favorite resources from past celebrations:


Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week Logos and Brand Guide: Want logos for your promotional materials? Download logos for Fair Use Week and Fair Dealing Week (French version also available).


ARL “Fair Use Fundamentals

ARL “Fair Use in a Day in the Life of a College Student

ARL “Fair Use Myths & Facts

ARL “Fair Use Promotes the Creation of New Knowledge

Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) “Fair Dealing in Canada Myths & Facts

Center for Media and Social Impact (CMSi) “Code of Best Practices for the Visual Arts: How to Use Copyrighted Material in Your Work

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) “Fair Use and Fair Dealing for Libraries

Short Videos:

CMSi “Fair Use Video Code: Documentary FIlmmakers’ Statement of Best Practices

Fred von Lohmann, “Fair Use and Technology

Public Knowledge, “Let Them Go: A Copyright Policy Song

Texas A&M Libraries, “Libraries & Fair Use

University of New Brunswick, “Fair Dealing 2016

University of Virginia Library, “Fair Use in Seven Words

University of Winnipeg, “Fair Dealing Week

Long Videos:

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), “Webinar: Can’t you just say Yes? Answering Copyright Questions About Fair Use for Patrons” (with Carla Myers)

ACRL, “Webinar: Using Fair Use to Preserve and Share Disappearing Government Information: A Guide for Rogue Librarians” (with Lillian Rigling and Will Cross)

William Fisher, Copyright X, “Lecture, Fair Use: The History of Fair Use

William Fisher, Copyright X, “Lecture, Fair Use: Fair Use Today


Berkman Klein Center, “How Fair Use Works in Six Minutes or Less

Radio Free Culture, “Wishing You A Happy Fair Use Week” (with Ellen Duranceau)

Re:Create, “Everything About Fair Use” (with Corynne McSherry)

Re:Create, “Copying is Human Nature” (with Laura Quilter)

Techdirt, “Fair Use Protects Culture From Copyright, Not the Other Way Around

WOSU “Libraries Reinforce Fair Use Exception on Copyrighted Materials” (with Sandra Enimil)


Kyle K. Courtney, Jackie Roche & Sarah W. Searle for Harvard University, “The Origin of U.S. Fair Use

Kyle K. Courtney and Jackie Roche for Harvard University, “Authors Guild, Inc. v. Google

Kyle K. Courtney, Jackie Roche & Sarah W. Searle for Harvard University, “Fair Use of Unpublished Works

Other Resources:

CARL: Fair Dealing Testimonials

Charles Duan, “The Creative Side of R Street

Jonathan Band, “Fair Use in the Day in the Life of a Legislative Assistant

Krista L. Cox on Above the Law, “Fair Use Week: An Interview with Peter Jaszi

MIT, “Make a Fair Use Kaleidocycle

Re:Create, “19 Reasons to be Thankful for ‘Fair Use‘”

Stan Adams, Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), “I Didn’t Write This Conversation About Fair Use

Wikimedia, “Fairer than Fair: a history of fair use on Wikipedia