Fair Use Best Practices

It’s Fair Use Week day three and here’s another resource for your consideration.

One of my favorite fair use resources is the Center for Media & Social Impact’s collection of Codes of Best Practices.

These codes of best practice provide information about the scope of fair use in different disciplines. The codes are informed by research into professional practices (usually interviews with practitioners) and are reviewed by legal experts. The codes are designed to give users a good sense of the regular practice in their field and give them more confidence in making decisions about fair use. The codes are not exhaustive, they don’t tell you the limits of fair use, and they are not legal advice.

I appreciate the codes’ approachable language, heavy use of examples, and references for further study. This is one of the first places I check when considering fair use in unfamiliar disciplines. I hope you find them as helpful as I have.

Fair Use for Nonfiction Authors

The Authors Alliance has created a resource to help nonfiction writers get a better sense of what fair use is and how it can be used. Fair Use for Nonfiction Authors presents common scenarios that a writer may encounter.

They’ve split the book up into sections based on situations regularly faced by nonfiction writers, like:

  • Criticizing, discussing, or commenting on copyrighted material
  • Using copyrighted material to illustrate, support, or prove an argument or a point
  • Using copyrighted material for non-consumptive research

The book also presents a series of FAQs, including “Can I still claim fair use if I ask the copyright owner for permission to use the material and permission is refused?” As a bonus, the resource is published with a CC-BY license which makes it easy to reuse portions or the entire document.

This should be a very useful reference for anyone doing nonfiction writing.

 

It’s Fair Use Week!

Happy Fair Use Week everyone! Fair Use Week is an opportunity to celebrate and spread awareness about a critically important right in copyright law. It’s the right that allows us to reuse copyrighted work in new and different ways; a right that is fundamental to so much of the teaching, research,  and scholarship that happens in educational institutions.

This infographic from ARL does a really great job of highlighting what fair use is and why it is important.

We’ll use the blog this week to highlight tools and resources you can use to help you better understand fair use. You can also use the hashtag #FairUseWeek to be part of the conversation on social media.

Happy Early Fair Use Week!

Fair Use Week starts early at UT Austin. Join us this afternoon for a discussion about fair use in the classroom. We’ll frame the discussion around classroom activities, but the principles are applicable to any fair use evaluation. We’ll also touch on other areas of copyright law that are relevant to instructors. Hope to see you there!

What: Fair Use for Instructors
When: Tuesday, Feb. 20th at 2:00pm
Where: PCL Learning Lab 2
Who: open to anyone!

Images of Research competition

Are you an undergraduate doing research at UT Austin. If so, you should consider submitting an image that captures the process, outcome, or impact of your research. If your image wins, you will receive $100!

Details about the contest are available on the event page. The deadline for submission is March 23, 2018.

If you work with undergraduates doing research, you can help spread the word with this flyer.

Open access & creativity event

Open access gets discussed a lot as a potential solution to access issues for scholarly research articles. Copyright and open access are not discussed as frequently for creative scholarship. The UT Libraries will be hosting a panel event and hands-on workshop that aims to tackle that very issue. Please come join us!

Title: Can I Use That?: Remix and Creativity
Date: Tuesday, March 20th, 4-6PM
Where: PCL Learning Lab 1
Description: Why is it important to know the rules of copyright when using images, altering literary text, or photographing art pieces? What can be used and reused? Join us for a lively panel discussion about the creative reuse of artistic and scholarly content. Learn about the fascinating (and sometimes troubling) history of copyright and how it affects artists, writers, and scholars today. We’ll also discuss alternatives, like Creative Commons licensing and the Open Access movement and how they can be used in creative work. After the panel, you can bind your own book using Cita Press’ open access content!