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Fair Use Question of the Month: Found Materials and Copyright

Courtesy of the Marian Koshland Bioscience and Natural Resources Library, University of California, Berkeley: lib.berkeley.edu/BIOS/

In this month’s fair use question, a student librarian discovers an old photo album in his library’s special collection and wants to make it available online.

Dear Center for Social Media:

I work at my university's library. The other day, working on our special collection, I discovered an old photo album from the 1971 – 1972 county ensemble theatre's performance season. Read more...

Fair Use and Free Content at Wikimania 2012

At the second annual Wikipedia conference to be held in the U.S., copyright issues pervaded the discussions among folks from 83 (!) countries. Of course it did: Wikipedia is a reader-built encyclopedia that promises free content world-wide. And it’s doing that job in the middle of a sea of copyrighted content.Read more...

"Fair Use Is A Right" featuring the Dramatic Chipmunk

"Fair Use Is A Right," was created by AU Alum Kristian Perry and features the Dramatic Chipmunk! Share this with your friends on Facebook and Twitter and spread the word about fair use!


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

The mission of academic and research librarians is to enable teaching, learning,and research. Along with serving current faculty, researchers, and students (especially graduate students), these librarians also serve the general public, to whom academic and research libraries are often open. Finally, academic and research librarians are committed to faculty, researchers, and students of the future, who depend on the responsible collection, curation, and preservation of materials over time.


Go to: The Code of Best Practices for Academic and Research Libraries (PDF)