Fair Use Week 2016Mark your calendars!  Fair Use Week is coming!

Are you interested in learning more about the United States copyright law and the exemptions that allow you to lawfully use copyrighted material for teaching, scholarship and transformative creative use. Do you want to gather with other individuals on campus to learn more about Fair Use?

During February 22-26, the Colby College Libraries will participate in Fair Use Week 2016, a national initiative of the Association for Research Libraries, to promote awareness of the Fair Use doctrine of the U.S. Copyright Law.

Quiz fans will enjoy our daily copyright quiz questions on the campus announcements — with answers and more information posted on the library home page. The Library’s Scholarly Resources and Services Librarians are hosting two “sit-in” public programs for faculty, students and staff who wish to engage in conversations about intellectual property. These open webinars are sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries, featuring prominent national speakers.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23 @ 12:00-1:00 PM. Miller Library 208. Light snacks will be provided.

Fair Use in Scholarly Journal and Book Publishing—publisher, author, and library perspectives

Co-hosted by MIT and Harvard, this live-streamed panel discussion will explore the barriers and issues that arise when scholarly publishers consider whether to allow fair use as a basis for inclusion of 3rd party material in scholarly articles and books.

Speakers include:

Nick Lindsay, Journals Director, MIT Press

Bill Smith, Director of Intellectual Property Licensing MIT Press

Kyle K. Courtney, Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication, Attorney and librarian—moderator and panelist


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25. 2:00-3:00 P.M. Miller 208. Light snacks provided.

ACRL Presents – Celebrating Fair Use Week, “The Fair Use Factors: Their History and Application”

Understanding the history of the Fair Use factors, particularly their changing importance, is crucial to making accurate fair use decisions today. This webcast will focus on fair use cases from the last forty years, tracing the relative importance of the four statutory factors and their subfactors. Participants will then be asked to practice applying current fair use law to a series of hypothetical fact patterns.

Presenter: Ana Enriquez is a copyright lawyer who focuses on the issues facing libraries, universities, and other cultural institutions. A graduate of Berkeley Law and Harvard College, she has taught copyright and internet law in several contexts, including as the Head Teaching Fellow for Harvard’s online course CopyrightX.


For more information, contact Margaret Ericson, Arts Librarian and Copyright Liaison, Colby College Libraries. [email protected] x5662