Did you know that when you cite a quotation, create a parody, or modify and use an image for instructional purposes, that you’re benefiting from Fair Use, a four-factor exemption of U.S. Copyright Law (17 U.S. Code § 107)? Join us Tuesday, Feb 21st, 4:30 pm for a Panel Discussion on Fair Use and Copyrights in Academic Research, Teaching, and Publishing, come to Wednesday’s film screening of The Internet’s Own Boy, or attend another Fair Use Week event coming up.
Don’t forget to also check out the Fair Use Week Contest for VT students, staff, or faculty. Enter by March 13th to win prizes and be featured in the Contest Showcase on April 5th. We’re looking for: 1) educational / informational materials about fair use, or 2) an example of how you’ve benefitted from fair use accompanied by your analysis of the use addressing the 4 factors.
*Panel Discussion: Fair Use and Copyrights in Academic Research, Publishing, and Teaching
Tuesday, Feb 21 | Newman Library Multipurpose Room | 4:30 – 6:00 pm *Light refreshments
- James Creekmore, Attorney, The Creekmore Law Firm PC
- Janice Austin, Director, Admissions and Academic Progress, Graduate School (VT)
- Deborah Good, Associate Professor, Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise (VT)
- Peter Potter, Director, Digital Publishing Strategies, University Libraries (VT)
- Bailey Van Hook, Professor of Art History, Co-Director, MA in Material Culture and Public Humanities, School of Visual Arts (VT)
- Moderators: Peter Potter, Director, Digital Publishing Strategies, University Libraries (VT); Lisa Becksford, Educational Technologies Librarian; Coordinator for Graduate and Online Teaching & Learning Programs, University Libraries (VT)
*Is It a Fair Use? A Hands-On Discussion
Wednesday, Feb 22 | Newman Library Multipurpose Room | 2:30 – 3:45pm
*Information Guerilla Warfare: The Internet’s Own Boy – Film Screening and Discussion
Wednesday, Feb 22 | Newman Library Multipurpose Room | 4:30 – 7:00 *Popcorn and beverages
*Is It a Fair Use? A Brown Bag Lunch Discussion
Friday, Feb 24 | Newman 207A | 11:45 am – 1:00 pm *Bring a lunch; beverages and dessert provided
We all build on the ideas of others. As students, researchers, teachers, creators, consumers, and sharers of media, texts, and more we quote (and cite), re-use, and re-mix content daily. At VT Libraries we’re excited to talk with others about how we benefit from our Fair Use rights – an exemption in U.S. Copyright law that is unique in many ways. Although Canada, the United Kingdom, and a few other countries have a similar practice called Fair Dealing, many countries do not have a related practice in their copyright law.
Fair Use allows anyone to use (post online, distribute, perform, remix, modify) others’ copyrighted works without permission *when the use is deemed to be ‘fair,’ rather than ‘infringing.’ While only a court can determine what is truly ‘fair use,’ U.S. law allows anyone to conduct a well-informed fair use analysis in good faith, using the four factors.
Get more info on copyright or schedule a consultation with a librarian at VT University Libraries.