University Libraries recognize Fair Use Week, Feb. 26-March 2

University Libraries recognize Fair Use Week, Feb. 26-March 2

By Vince Frieden, strategic communications coordinator

While today’s digital world offers unprecedented access to protected creative and scholarly works for students and faculty, there are a host of issues surrounding when the use of these works is acceptable.

Fair use encompasses essential limitations and exceptions to copyright, allowing the use of copyrighted materials without permission from the copyright holder under certain circumstances. These flexible doctrines facilitate balance in copyright law, allow copyright to adapt to new technologies, and accommodate freedom of speech and expression.

Fair Use Week, an annual celebration, takes place Monday, Feb. 26 – Friday, March 2. It includes activities and programming designed to help members of the campus community and the public learn more about the fair use exception found in U.S. Copyright Law. Learn more about Fair Use Week, commissioned by the Association of Research Libraries, at the official Fair Use Week website.

The University Libraries, led by Carla Myers, assistant librarian and coordinator of scholarly communications, host two opportunities to learn about Fair Use during the upcoming week.

  • Fair Use Information Table (2-4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb 27, King Library lobby): Stop by to pick up information on fair use and ask questions about this legal exception.
  • Introduction to Fair Use (2:30-4 p.m., Friday March 2, King 320): This 90-minute workshop offers an overview of fair use basics and the different ways it can be harnessed to reuse others’ works for scholarly or personal purposes. Refreshments provided!