Here at the IPAT Clinic we are excited to celebrate Fair Use Week, an annual celebration of the important doctrines of fair use and fair dealing organized by the Association of Research Libraries. Because we work to support freedom of expression in the digital age, we consider fair use an important component of our practice. In fact, we work on fair use nearly every day here in the Clinic. This week, for example, we talked with several filmmakers seeking legal help so that they can make fair use in their films. And on Saturday, IPAT students Oluwatobi Agbelemose and Kristina Martinez, together with Clinic Director Jack Lerner, will be presenting on Fair Use for Academics at the annual meeting of the California Conference of the American Association of University Professors. We’ll be talking about how academics can make fair use in their scholarship appropriately, responsibly, and safely. We’ll discuss cases like Sundeman v. The Seajay Society and important tools like the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Scholarly Research in Communication, and make sure folks know how to use exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that allow professors to extract content from encrypted media for teaching purposes.
Stay tuned: after the presentation, we’ll update this post with our slides!
UPDATE 3/2/19: Here are our slides!