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Infographic Explains Fundamentals and Importance of Fair Use

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Fair Use Fundamentals infographic (PDF)

Fair use is an important right that provides balance to the copyright system in the US and supports the Constitutional purpose of copyright to “promote the Progress of Science and the useful Arts.” In conjunction with Fair Use Week 2015, ARL has released a new infographic that explains what fair use is, why it is important, and who uses fair use. The infographic also provides several high-profile examples of fair use.

The Fair Use Fundamentals infographic is freely available as a PDF to embed on blogs and websites and to print and hand out at events. Share the link, embed the PDF on your site, print copies for your next event, and continue to support and work with your campus partners on promoting fair use.

Fair Use Week 2015 is being celebrated this week, Monday, February 23, through Friday, February 27. You can participate on a single day during the week, multiple days, or the full week. Visit http://www.fairuseweek.org/ to participate or find additional resources.


The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 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/.

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