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Success of Fair Use Consensus Documents

Does the approach of creating a consensus documents, anchored in professional practice, actually work to expand the utility of fair use? What has happened to others who used consensus documents to gain access to their rights? This topic is discussed at length in Aufderheide and Jaszi, Reclaiming Fair Use (University of Chicago Press, 2011), but some specific examples are listed here.


Report on Orphan Works Challenges: for libraries, archives, and other memory institutions

Orphan works pose significant challenges to nonprofit libraries, archives, and other memory organizations. When these organizations seek to reuse orphan works—copyrighted works whose owners cannot be located—they face the perceived risk of costly infringement suits from copyright owners who might later emerge. But libraries, archives and other memory organizations hold many orphan works in their collections, and risk averse organizations that do not make these works available may fail to fulfill part of their core missions of preserving cultural and intellectual artifacts and providing access to users in a format and context that is meaningful to them.


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INFOGRAPHIC: Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries

Infographic libraryARL, American University's (AU) Washington College of Law, and AU's School of Communication released a new infographic that tells the story of library fair use and the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries in a clear and compelling way. The infographic is freely available as a full-size PDF, an embeddable PNG for blogs and website, and a print-ready 8.5” x 11” PDF to print and hand out at events. [SOURCE: ARL.org]


Copyright, Permissions and Fair Use in the Visual Arts Communities: An Issues Report

CAA Fair Use in Visual ArtsThe visual arts communities of practice share a common problem in their confusion about and misunderstanding of the nature of copyright law and the availability of fair use. Their work is constrained and censored, most powerfully by themselves, because of that confusion and the resulting fear and anxiety. More and better work can be done through a fuller understanding of copyright, without impairing the ability of artists and art historians to receive credit for, maintain appropriate control over, and monetize their work.


INFOGRAPHIC: Can I Employ Fair Use In My Documentary?

A survey of 489 documentary filmmakers by Patricia Aufderheide and Aram Sinnreich found that since the 2005 creation of the Documentary Filmmakers’ Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use, the film industry has increasingly embraced fair useToday, attitudes about fair use are positive, strongly associated with free expression and creative opportunity. Most documentary filmmakers understand fair use, find it valuable in their work, and have had no trouble with acceptance by broadcasters, lawyers or insurers. 


Documentarians, Fair Use and Best Practices

In the summer of 2014, Center Directer Patricia Aufderheide and Rutgers University's Aram Sinnreich conducted a national survey of 489 documentary filmmakers. The preliminary results show that a great majority of documentary filmmakers understand fair use, find it valuable in their work, and have had no trouble with acceptance by broadcasters, lawyers or insurers.


INFOGRAPHIC: Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts

infograph1Want a clear, easy way to show the main points of the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts? Here's an infographic, which  you can imbed on your website, print out, or upload to Twitter and Facebook. The infographic is freely available as a full-size PDF, an embeddable JPG for blogs and website, and a print-ready 8.5” x 11” PDF to print and hand out atevents.


Fair Use in Visual Arts: Frequently Asked Questions

The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use was created with and for the visual arts community. Copyright protects artworks of all kinds, audiovisual materials, photographs, and texts (among other things) against unauthorized use by others, but it is subject to a number of exceptions designed to assure space for future creativity. Of these, fair use is the most important and the most flexible. This FAQ can help you decide whether and how to apply fair use to your visual arts work.