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Fair Use, Free Speech & IP

Just Released: Best Practices in Fair Use of Orphan Works

At a live webinar on Thursday, Dec. 4, UC Berkeley and American University researchers released a new statement on best practices in the use of orphan works by libraries, archives and other...

Research Libraries Celebrate Fair Use With New Videos

The Association of Research Libraries recently released a series of new videos discussing the development, use, and impact of fair use best practices. The videos specifically highlight the ways in...

Librarians and Fair Use: Take the Big Picture

Can a library put a professor’s reading list of book chapters and other excerpts from academic monographs on e-reserve for students in the class, without permission from the copyright...

Good News: Growing Acceptance of Fair Use in Documentary

At the 2014 Getting Real Documentary Film Conference, hosted by the International Documentary Association, the Center is releasing new research on the embrace of fair use in the field. Based on a...

Fair Use in Search: TVEyes

Is it legal to record all of TV and then let viewers search for topics and view relevant segments? Yes it is, under fair use. And it goes against everything Fox News argued in a lawsuit it filed...

How Fair Use Brought Dream Deceivers to Home Video

A new generation is going to see the fabled documentary "Dream Deceivers," because its director employed fair use. Back in 1992, David Van Taylor ("A Perfect Candidate," "Good Ol' Charles Schulz")...

“Hoop Dreams” and “Life Itself” Exec Producer Recalls How ‘Clearance Culture’ Drove Him to Become a Fair Use Evangelist

HathiTrust Decision: Good News for Media That Matters

The June 10 appeals court decision on HathiTrust advances the useability of fair use, protects innovation and helps makers of media that matters. HathiTrust is a service of a consortium of more than...

SXSW: Fair Use Everywhere

While it was easy to find lawyers drumming up business by trash-talking fair use at SXSW, it was hard to find a documentary that hadn’t employed it, sometimes lavishly. Furthermore, you could even...

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