Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week highlights the legal and policy decisions now pending that will shape the future of digital creativity. From the Google v. Oracle case before the US Supreme Court to the proposed copyright reforms in South Africa and elsewhere around the world to the continuing battles over digital intermediaries in Europe and the United States, fair use rights remain under attack from those who would lock away knowledge and culture for commercial advantage and other narrow self-interests.
More than ever, today’s most groundbreaking creativity, scholarship, and online expression rely on fair use. Text- and data-mining systems depend on fair use to supercharge research—detecting new disease outbreaks, discovering new archaeological works, and raising the alarm about new forms of bias in automated systems. Journalists rely on fair use to investigate and hold to account presidential candidates, CEOs, and other leaders.
Billions of people around the world depend on fair use to express their thoughts and discuss the major topics of the day.
“The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is proud to celebrate Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week with our members and partners. Fair use is essential to equitable access and decentralized creativity in the digital age. Without fair use, it would be impossible for copyright to fulfill its constitutional purpose of promoting the progress of science and the arts. Now more than ever, we need balanced copyright laws that allow new knowledge to be created and shared, and that stop corporate interests from locking up scholarship and culture,” said Ryan Clough, ARL senior director of Public Policy and general counsel.
To learn more about the prominent issues and current events being discussed during Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2020, visit the Roundup page on the website.
About the Association of Research Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in Canada and the US whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise, promotes equity and diversity, and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.