Copyright touches the work of most people who work in libraries in one way or another. Many library staff feel uncertain about the law as it applies to their work or nervous about overstepping the boundaries of the law. This session will review copyright basics as they apply to libraries, focusing especially on fair use.
Much of the session will be dedicated to reviewing recent fair use decisions and developments including the Georgia State University reserves case, the HathiTrust decision, and the ARL Code of Best Practices for Fair Use for Academic and Research libraries. We will also examine the role of librarians in advocating for copyright laws that reflect professional values.
Who should attend:
Librarians and library staff who are interested in, confused by, a little scared of, or excited about copyright. This session will be targeted to participants with little copyright knowledge or who have a good understanding of the basics but who haven't kept up with recent decisions and developments.
By the end of this program, participants will:
- Review the basics of copyright law in the United States as it applies to libraries
- Understand the historical and philosophical origins of fair use
- Be familiar with the outcomes of recent important fair use decisions
- Consider the future of fair use and the role of libraries in fair use advocacy
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