This week is Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week, an annual celebration of the important doctrines of fair use and fair dealing. It is designed to highlight and promote the opportunities presented by fair use and fair dealing, celebrate successful stories, and explain these doctrines.
Check out all the great posts from Day 5 of Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2018! Don’t see yours? Contact us to get yours added! You can view previous roundups here.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Make a Fair Use Kaleidocycle
IFLA, Fair Use and Fair Dealing for Libraries
Angel Antkers & Susan Miller on Authors Alliance blog, “Fair Use and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act” cross posted on Colorado Law Samuelson-Glushko Technology Law & Policy Clinic
Australia Digital Alliance, “It’s an important Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week for Australia”
Canadian Association of Research Libraries, “Fair Dealing Week 2018 Wrap-Up”
Krista Cox on ARL Policy Notes, “Fair Use and Captioning for Those Who Are Hearing Impaired”
Michael Geist, “Fair Dealing and the Right to Read: The Case of Blacklock’s Reporter v. Canada (Attorney General)”
Anne Gilliland on Scholarly Communications Office Intersections, “Grateful for Fair Use: Combining Text and Images”
IP Quail, “Fair Use/Fair Dealing”
Colleen Lyon on Open Access at UT, “Fair Use Wrap Up”
Carla S. Myers on Copyright at Harvard Library, “Day 5: Fair Use and Course Reserves: Fact and Fiction”
Open Library Greece, “Fair Day #fairuseweek 2018: February 26-March 2”
Claudia Rebaza on the Organization for Transformative Works, “OTW Guest Post: Ioana Pelebatai & Alex Lungu”
Katharine Trendacosta on the Electronic Frontier Foundation Deeplinks, “Fair Use Protects So Much More Than Many Realize ”
Happy Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week!
To celebrate Fair Use Week 2018, ARL has released a new infographic in keeping with the tradition of releasing a new fair use infographic each year. While we often celebrate fair use in terms of the ways in which a user relies on existing information (such as the 2016 infographic, Fair Use in a Day in the Life of a College Student), this year we’re celebrating how fair use contributes to the creation of new knowledge.
For example, fair use promotes:
- More accurate news reporting
- Creation of innovative products, such as searchable databases
- New art, including appropriation art
- New content, such as user-generated content like fan fiction, remix songs and mash-up videos
- Better documentary information, including in films or websites
- Innovative ways to share information
- New interoperable software, made possible through reverse engineering
- Contributions to new scholarship
This year’s infographic, Fair Use Promotes the Creation of New Knowledge is available here, along with infographics from previous years. You can also check out lots of great content and resources on the Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week website.
The Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) released an updated report on Fair Use in U.S. Economy: Economic Contribution of Industries Relying on Fair Use. The report notes that fair use is vital to a number of industries and contributes significantly to the U.S. economy — $2.8 trillion to the GDP.
Examples of fair use industries include, for example, manufacturers of consumer devices that allow individual copying and recording (such as DVRs), educational institutions, software developers, and Internet search and web hosting providers. These industries have seen dramatic growth in the digital age and “grew at a faster pace than the overall economy.”
In addition to the significant value add to the GDP, fair use industries also employed 18 million workers by 2014, representing 1 in 8 US workers. Additionally, “from 2010 to 2014, the labor productivity of U.S. fair use industries increased by 3.2 percent annually to approximately $155,000 per worker.” Exports rose by 21 percent in that same period to $368 billion in 2014 and “[t]he fair use economy has become a defining aspect of the U.S. trade portfolio.”
In addition to surveying these quantifiable contributions to the U.S. economy, the report explains the importance of fair use to these industries. The full report can be accessed here.
Indeed, fair use is an essential limitation in copyright law, contributing to a variety of purposes including supporting the U.S. economy, education, learning, and the creation of new works. For more on fair use, check out these ARL infographics: