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Fair Use Best Practices

January 4, 2011

On December 20th, the Association for Research Libraries released a report on Fair Use Challenges in Academic and Research Libraries. This is the first step in an initiative to establish Fair Use best practices for academic libraries.

Interesting to me, but why should you care? Well, one of the challenges that university librarians face is that they are frequently called on to help faculty members make decisions related to copyright and fair use. I’ll be sending out the code of best practices when it becomes available so we can all see it together.

However, there are some best practices that have been developed for other audiences. They are available at the Center for Social Media and include codes of best practices for

  • Open Course Ware (like moodle)
  • Media Literacy Education
  • Online Video
  • Documentary Filmmakers

In addition, the Center provides some useful videos and, if you need the distraction, a fairly goofy Chipmunk Tackles Fair Use Rights. ~krb

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