On February 22–26, 136 organizations and numerous individuals participated in Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2016, an annual celebration of the important—and flexible—doctrines of fair use and fair dealing. This year’s event was organized by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and participants included universities, libraries, library associations, and many other organizations, such as Creative Commons, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge, the R Street Institute, Re:Create, and Wikimedia.
More than double the number of organizations participated in 2016 compared to 2015. Fifty ARL member libraries contributed this year, producing blog posts, comic books, and other resources, including five videos on fair use and fair dealing.
Participants celebrated the essential limitations and exceptions to copyright that fair use and fair dealing provide, allowing the use of copyrighted materials without permission from the copyright holder under certain circumstances. While fair use and fair dealing are employed on a daily basis, Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week provides a time to promote and discuss the opportunities presented, celebrate successful stories, and explain these doctrines.
Each day, new blog posts and resource materials were produced and shared. Daily roundups are available for each day of Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week and additional resources are available on the Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week website. Below are some highlights of the materials shared over the course of the week.
Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2017 will be held February 20–24. Plan to participate!
Kyle Courtney, Sarah Searle, and Jackie Roche of Harvard University published two comic books on two prominent fair use cases, one covering Bill Graham Archives v. DK and one on Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music.
The Organization for Transformative Works collected questions over social media early in the week and compiled a Q&A about fair use.
The Youth and Media team at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society created several resources, including an infographic on the four fair use factors.
A collection of fair dealing stories from students and instructors in Canada is available at Fair Dealing Canada.
Five ARL libraries—University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Columbia University; Texas A&M University; University of Massachusetts Amherst; and University of Alberta—created videos celebrating fair use and fair dealing. Additionally, University of New Brunswick produced a video explaining fair dealing.
Radio Berkman released “How Fair Use Works in Six Minutes or Less.”
MIT and Harvard held a joint panel discussion on fair use in scholarly publishing. The archive of the video is available online.
Additionally, an archived radio interview at The Ohio State University focusing on how libraries reinforce fair use is available on the WOSU website.
Re:Create posted on Buzzfeed “19 Reasons to Be Thankful for Fair Use.”
Wikimedia provided a history of fair use on Wikipedia.
The American Library Association (ALA) posted several times throughout the week, including “Congress Stands Still; Technology, the Courts and Fair Use Marches Onwards!” and a summary of “Everyday Fair Use in Libraries.”
News also broke that the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation announced a new fair use policy to make its images more accessible to the public.
On the international front, the Australian Digital Alliance posted on “Why Do We Want Fair Use in Australia?” The Authors Alliance commented on international developments in fair use. EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) discussed the issues of fair use and fair dealing for new technologies in various countries.
About the Association of Research Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.