Fair Use

Complete Copyright Webinar Video Now Available

Complete Copyright webinar graphicWebinar video from the Tuesday’s ALA webinar “Complete Copyright for K–12 Librarians and Educators” is now available. As part of the webinar developed specifically for instructors and school librarians, bestselling copyright authority Carrie Russell discussed common copyright concerns explored in her newly released book of the same title.

Webinar participants will learn:

  • How to legally provide materials to students
  • Copyright must-knows for librarians and educators
  • Fair use
  • Creation of the copyright law
  • Use of copyright materials in school settings
  • Copyrighted content in the social media age

View the webinar now: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/p40nvbq84r5/

Digital Delivery in the Classroom

When the Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act was enacted in 2002, librarians hoped that it would provide some clarity on copyright exceptions for the digital delivery of content for distance education. In reality, understanding what is permitted under the TEACH Act in combination with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and existing exceptions like fair use have become more confusing to many practitioners.  As a result, there are many more questions from the field about what is permitted.  This piece was written in hopes of clarifying one aspect of the confusion—digital delivery of content to the “physical” classroom. Our thanks to Jonathan Band legal counsel to ALA and ARL, Peter Jaszi, Professor of Law, Faculty Director of the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic at American University Washington College of Law and Kenneth D. Crews, Director of the Copyright Advisory Office at Columbia University for assistance in the drafting of and commenting on this document.

Fair Use Evaluator

Fair Use Evaluator graphicThe Fair Use Evaluator is an online tool that can help users understand how to determine if the use of a protected work is a “fair use.” It helps users collect, organize, and document the information they may need to support a fair use claim, and  provides a time-stamped PDF document for the users’ records.


Fair Use in Your Library after Georgia State

A recent federal court  decision involving copyright and the Georgia State University Library may shape fair use policies in academic libraries for decades.  A lower-court judge ruled that the Georgia State University Library was the "prevailing party" in a lawsuit brought by Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and Sage Publications. The publishers have appealed that ruling. What does this all mean, and what does it mean for your library?  In this webcast, copyright librarians and lawyers will explore and dissect the court's framework using specific examples from the case in order to explain the ruling of the case, the effect that the case may have on future fair use analyses, and its impact on library policies such as course reserves and interlibrary loan.  Please bring questions about fair use in your library!