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Fair Use and Libraries

The Center's Pat Aufderheide is co-principal investigator on a three-year research project funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The project will investigate the problems that research and academic libraries and librarians have in meeting their mission, given prevalent concerns and confusions about copyright and fair use. It will, on the basis of that knowledge, develop a code of best practices in fair use for research libraries. This project builds upon the success of earlier codes of best practices in fair use, which have expanded awareness of fair use and made it easier for communities of practice to do their work. The project, coordinated by the Association of Research Libraries, also involves the Washington College of Law. Prof. Peter Jaszi, long-time collaborator in the Center's Fair Use and Free Speech project, is also a co-principal investigator, with ARL's Prue Adler and Brandon Butler.