1. More than 40 countries with over one-third of the world’s population have fair use or fair dealing provisions in their copyright laws.

    — The Fair Use/Fair Dealing Handbook collects every known fair use or fair dealing statute in the world. Prepared by Jonathan Band and Jonathan Gerafi. (via arlpolicynotes)

  2. From LJ's Posting A Parody Video? Read This First:

    Lansdowne Public Library’s “Read It” video, based on Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”, was originally yanked from YouTube for a copyright violation. But the story may have a happy ending: the library director told LJ that “The Lansdowne Public Library ‘Read It!’ parody is back up on YouTube and I believe that it will stay there.”

    When the video was first proposed, Lansdowne badly needed a project to educate and inspire its teen population. In the impoverished suburb just outside the Philadelphia city limits, the local teens are a textbook example of the digital divide.

  3. libraryadvocates:

    Open Now: Free Copyright Webinar for School Librarians and Educators

    Can I copy a textbook that I have and make copies for my students? Can I be thrown in jail for copyright infringement? These are just some of the questions that educators and school librarians have about use of copyright law in school environments. Oftentimes, they do not receive helpful guidance on the subject, which leads them to make overly conservative decisions.

    To assist educators and librarians who prepare learning materials for students, the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy will host Complete Copyright for K–12 Librarians and Educators, a free interactive webinar developed specifically for instructors and school librarians on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, from 4:00-5:00p.m. EST (Register now).

    Bestselling copyright authority Carrie Russell will host the webinar and discuss common copyright concerns explored in her newly released book of the same title. The webinar will offer clear guidance on ways to legally provide materials to students and explore scenarios often encountered by educators in schools, such as using copyrighted material in lesson plans, classroom assignments, school plays and performances.

    Webinar participants will learn:

    • Copyright must-knows for librarians and educators
    • Fair use
    • Creation of the copyright law
    • Use of copyright materials in school settings
    • Copyrighted content in the social media age

    Please note that there are 50 spaces available for the webinar, and the registration deadline closes December 3, 2012. Registration for the free webinar is available now. Webinar participants who register in advance will receive a 10 percent discount on their purchase of the book, Complete Copyright for K–12 Librarians and Educators.

  4. The blind are going to add much more of their genius, their jazz, to our world, and the rest of us will never see the landscape in quite the same way again.


    Michael Kelley, in a moving LJ Editorial.

    Unless the Authors Guild succeeds in trying to have the decision overturned, that is.

    (via arlpolicynotes)

  5. One of the most closely watched e-reserve cases in recent memory came to an end—though an appeal is still possible—on May 11, when Judge Orinda Evans of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia ruled in Cambridge University Press (CUP); Oxford University Press (OUP); Sage Publications v. Georgia State University (GSU). The case alleged copyright infringement in GSU’s e-reserves, and in essence the judge came down on the side of libraries in a 350-page decision delivered almost a year after she heard closing arguments.

    Of the 75 cases of alleged infringement she considered, Judge Evans held five to be infringement. The rest were either held to be fair use, or the question did not arise, because the copying was held to be de minimis—when virtually no one actually read the posted work—or because the publishers did not demonstrate to the court’s satisfaction that they had standing to make the claim.

    — From LJ, Meredith Schwartz’s recent story on copyright, e-reserves, and the recent Georgia State case.

  6. This isn’t about freeloaders and pirates. This is about some of the fundamental principles of education.

    — The Biggest ‘Pirates’ And ‘Freeloaders’ Of Them All? College Professors And Librarians | Techdirt (via arlpolicynotes)

  7. Fair-Use Guide Hopes to Solve Librarians' VHS-Cassette Problem →


    The Association of Research Libraries might have a solution to what some librarians call “the VHS-cassette problem.”

    Here’s the scenario: An academic library has a collection of video tapes that is slowly deteriorating, thanks to the fragile nature of analog media. A librarian would like to digitize the collection for future use, but avoids making the copies out of fear that doing so would violate copyright law. And the institution’s attorneys have advised the librarian that the fair-use principle, which might offer a way to make copies legally, is too flexible to rely on.

    When the Association of Research Libraries and a team of fair-use advocates surveyed librarians to find out how they navigate copyright issues, many of them described that exact conundrum. But they may soon have a way out. Tomorrow the group will announce a code of best practices designed to outline ways academic librarians can take advantage of their fair-use rights to navigate common copyright issues.

    » via The Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription may be required for some content)