Library personnel are often asked if they can use a copyrighted work, and sometimes they are uncertain how to answer. The Fair Use exception found in Section 107 of US copyright law is a flexible and adaptable statute that library patrons can utilize when looking to reuse the works of others. This flexibility makes many librarians nervous, and it is not unusual for patrons to hesitate to take advantage of Fair Use (or librarians to suggest using it) out of fear of getting sued for copyright infringement. Many librarians fear the uncertainty and doubt that can surround Fair Use determinations, but it is the flexibility of the four factors of Fair Use that make this exception an extremely important option to consider when librarians seek to reuse third party works in providing services and resources to library patrons. In this session, a group of expert panelists able to explain copyright complexities in plain English will share their knowledge with session participants, providing examples of court decisions that provide insight into interpreting the four factors of Fair Use in situations and scenarios that librarians may frequently encounter in the execution of their duties.
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA,WO
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.