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Teaching Tools for Fair Use in the Visual Arts

Here are materials to help you teach students how to use fair use in their creative and scholarly work, in the classroom and beyond.

These materials were developed to assist professors of studio art, art history, design history, and museum studies in teaching their students about the US copyright doctrine of fair use, which allows certain uses of copyrighted materials without seeking permission from copyright holders. They were written by Patricia Aufderheide (University Professor and Founder, Center for Media & Social Impact, School of Communication, American University), Peter Jaszi (Professor, Washington College of Law, Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, American University), and Janet Landay (Project Manager, Fair Use Initiative, College Art Association), as part of CAA’s fair use initiative, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Basics

Classroom Discussion Material

Assignments

Supplementary Materials

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