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Infographic Shows How Fair Use Helps in Saving Software


In conjunction with Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2019, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is releasing an infographic that illustrates how fair use helps people preserve software for teaching, learning, and research.

Fair use is the right to use copyrighted material without permission or payment, under some circumstances. The statute, numerous court decisions, and best practices provide ample guidance about when fair use applies. Fair use is widely used by journalists, researchers, and search engines—and, increasingly, by software preservationists.

The “How Fair Use Helps in Saving Software” 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 partners on promoting fair use.

This new infographic continues an ARL tradition of releasing an infographic in conjunction with Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week each year since 2015:

Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week is an annual, international celebration coordinated by the Association of Research Libraries to promote the opportunities presented by fair use and fair dealing, highlight successful stories, and explain these doctrines. Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2019 is being observed this week, Monday, February 25, through Friday, March 1. You can participate on a single day during the week, multiple days, or the full week—publish a blog post, host an event, share resources. Visit fairuseweek.org to participate or find additional resources.

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.

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