By the declaration of the Association of Research Libraries, this week is Fair Use Week! “Fair use” is one of the most important exemptions in copyright law that allows educators, artists, and journalists to create new works from copyrighted content. Fair use provisions have allowed everything from students editing films for academic assignments to supercuts and feature-length film criticism. In a nearly all-digital media landscape, fair use exemptions are more important than ever for protecting transformative content.
The ARL website has some activities listed, but we want to promote some AU-sponsored fair use resources. The School of Communication’s Center for Media and Social Impact has a whole site on fair use guidelines that’s worth reading. There’s detailed guides for claiming fair use exemptions for different types of media – journalism, documentaries, orphan works, etc. – as well as video guides and a “fair use question of the month.” They’re highly recommended for anyone working on a media project that might incorporate copyrighted materials
(Pat Aufderheide, an SOC professor and friend of Media Services, contributed a great deal to these resources. Woohoo!)