Thursday, February 26, 2015

Fair Use: An Important Right for Everyone, Everywhere

An Important Right for Everyone, Everywhere  February 23-27, 2015 is Fair Use Week, an annual cele-
bration of the important doctrines of fair use and fair dealing.  Coordinated by the Association of Research 
Libraries, Fair Use Week celebrates the most flexible, powerful and universal user's right articulated in copy-
right law.  FairUseWeek.Org.
Fair Use Week (February 23-27, 2015) is an annual celebration, coordinated by the Association of Research Libraries, of the 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.

What is fair use, and how does it apply to you?  Far from obscure legalese, fair use is an important right for everyone, everywhere.  Click here for an engaging, colorful infographic, in plain English, depicting fundamental aspects of fair use.

All's Fair in Folsom v. Marsh  Judge Joseph Story, 
Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1811 
to 1845, wrote the opinion in Folsom v. Marsh, a U.S. 
copyright case widely regarded as this country's first 
fair use case.  In that opinion, Story set forth four factors 
(listed above) to be considered in fair use disputes; they 
are still in use today.  Image courtesy of Celebrate Fair 
Use Week 2015 by Greg R. Fishbone.
●  Fair use is a right.  

●  Fair use is vitally important

●  Fair use is for everyone

●  Fair uses are everywhere.   

To learn more about the doctrine of fair use, consider the following.

Fair Use Week

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