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Great Resources from Past Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week Celebrations

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.

Over the past five years, ARL has enjoyed coordinating the international Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week celebrations. I’ve enjoyed seeing the celebration grow in number of participants across the world with great events and resources shared each year.  While I always look forward to seeing what new resources each celebration brings, we shouldn’t forget about all the great infographics, videos, podcasts and other materials shared previously.  Below are some of my favorite resources from past celebrations:


Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week Logos and Brand Guide: Want logos for your promotional materials? Download logos for Fair Use Week and Fair Dealing Week (French version also available).


ARL “Fair Use Fundamentals

ARL “Fair Use in a Day in the Life of a College Student

ARL “Fair Use Myths & Facts

ARL “Fair Use Promotes the Creation of New Knowledge

Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) “Fair Dealing in Canada Myths & Facts

Center for Media and Social Impact (CMSi) “Code of Best Practices for the Visual Arts: How to Use Copyrighted Material in Your Work

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) “Fair Use and Fair Dealing for Libraries

Short Videos:

CMSi “Fair Use Video Code: Documentary FIlmmakers’ Statement of Best Practices

Fred von Lohmann, “Fair Use and Technology

Public Knowledge, “Let Them Go: A Copyright Policy Song

Texas A&M Libraries, “Libraries & Fair Use

University of New Brunswick, “Fair Dealing 2016

University of Virginia Library, “Fair Use in Seven Words

University of Winnipeg, “Fair Dealing Week

Long Videos:

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), “Webinar: Can’t you just say Yes? Answering Copyright Questions About Fair Use for Patrons” (with Carla Myers)

ACRL, “Webinar: Using Fair Use to Preserve and Share Disappearing Government Information: A Guide for Rogue Librarians” (with Lillian Rigling and Will Cross)

William Fisher, Copyright X, “Lecture, Fair Use: The History of Fair Use

William Fisher, Copyright X, “Lecture, Fair Use: Fair Use Today


Berkman Klein Center, “How Fair Use Works in Six Minutes or Less

Radio Free Culture, “Wishing You A Happy Fair Use Week” (with Ellen Duranceau)

Re:Create, “Everything About Fair Use” (with Corynne McSherry)

Re:Create, “Copying is Human Nature” (with Laura Quilter)

Techdirt, “Fair Use Protects Culture From Copyright, Not the Other Way Around

WOSU “Libraries Reinforce Fair Use Exception on Copyrighted Materials” (with Sandra Enimil)


Kyle K. Courtney, Jackie Roche & Sarah W. Searle for Harvard University, “The Origin of U.S. Fair Use

Kyle K. Courtney and Jackie Roche for Harvard University, “Authors Guild, Inc. v. Google

Kyle K. Courtney, Jackie Roche & Sarah W. Searle for Harvard University, “Fair Use of Unpublished Works

Other Resources:

CARL: Fair Dealing Testimonials

Charles Duan, “The Creative Side of R Street

Jonathan Band, “Fair Use in the Day in the Life of a Legislative Assistant

Krista L. Cox on Above the Law, “Fair Use Week: An Interview with Peter Jaszi

MIT, “Make a Fair Use Kaleidocycle

Re:Create, “19 Reasons to be Thankful for ‘Fair Use‘”

Stan Adams, Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), “I Didn’t Write This Conversation About Fair Use

Wikimedia, “Fairer than Fair: a history of fair use on Wikipedia

Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2018: Day 5 Roundup

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

Blog Posts

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

Fair Use Promotes Creation of New Knowledge

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

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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.

Fair Use Industries Contribute $2.8 Trillion to U.S. Economy

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: