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Copyright Guidance: Fair Use Week

Information for authors and users of copyrighted works.

Fair Use Week Explained:

Section 107 imageFair Use Week was originally conceptualized by the best practices team at ARL (Brandon Butler, Pia Hunter, et al.) as a follow-up to the launch of the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries.  The first celebratory activities of Fair Use Week were launched by Harvard's Copyright Advisor, Kyle K. Courtney in 2014 and  now is celebrated nation-wide and Canada (as Fair Dealing) during the last week of February.  The week highlights the many uses relying on fair use and helps to inform our academic communities and the public at large about this exception created in the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976.  Fair use is described in §107 of the Act and may be used judiciously upon undertaking analysis of the section's four factors: Purpose of the use; Nature of the work being used; Amount of the original work used; and whether there is an effect on the Marketability for the original copyright holder.  This clause in the law allows all individuals the right to use copyrighted works without permission of the copyright holder IF the user, after reasonable assessment of the four factors, finds that the use weighs in favor of fair use.  For more information about fair use and undertaking a fair use analysis, see the fair use tab in this Research Guide under Using Copyrighted Works and the Fair Use Analysis tool also found on the office of General Counsel's Rights Clearance for Digital Projects.

Celebrate Fair Use Week!

Thanks to ALL who made Fair Use Week At Yale 2019 a wonderful success!  Hope to see you all back in 2020!


FEB 25 - MAR 1, 2019

Fair Use Week Events Calendar

The Importance of Fair Use: Panel Discussion at Duke U.

  • James Boyle, William Neal Reynolds Professor, Duke University School of Law, and Co-founder of the Center for the Study of the Public Domain
  • Jennifer Jenkins, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Study of the Public Domain, Duke University School of Law
  • Cathy Rimer-Surles, Assistant Director for Contracts and Licensing, Duke University Press 
  • Ed Timberlake, Copyright & Trademark Attorney, Timberlake Law
  • Mike Wolfe, Lecturing Fellow, Duke University School of Law, and former Executive Director of the Authors Alliance 

The panel will be moderated by Dave Hansen, Associate University Librarian for Research, Collections and Scholarly Communication at Duke University Libraries.

2/26/2019 | 2 pm - 3 pm
Using Images Presentation:
Always wondering if the image you grabbed off the Internet is available for your use in your paper/presentation/website?  Hear about things to watch out for and when fair use is an option!
  • Lindsay Barnett, Coll. Development Librarian, Yale Medical
  • Tess Colwell, , Arts Librarian for Research Services
2/27/2019 | 1 pm - 2 pm


ACRL Presents Webcast:
Digging for Gold with Bundles of Sticks: Copyright, Fair Use, and Text Data Mining
  • Presented by Rachael Samberg, Scholarly Communication Officer at the University of California-Berkeley.
2/28/2019 |  2 pm - 3 pm
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Fair Use & Recordings Interactive Presentation:
Concerned about how to use existing sound recordings in your new works, compositions, arrangements, or presentations?  Wondering about rights holders and whether fair use is an option?  Join Jonathan Manton, Music Librarian for Digital and Access Services, and Mark Bailey, Head of Historic Sound Recordings as they talk about their experiences on the front lines and how fair use might be applied.
2/28/2019 | 4 pm - 5 pm



Data & Fair Use Presentation:
Confused about whether you can use data, articles, and other information for your research project?  Come to this talk to learn about best practices for text and numeric research questions!
  • Catherine DeRose, Manager, Digital Humanities Lab
  • Joshua Dull, Digital Scholarship Specialist
  • Barbara Esty, Data Librarian
  • Peter Leonard, Director, Digital Humanities Lab
3/1/2019 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am




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