Tag Archives: fair use

Accepting nominations for the Patterson Award

The nomination period is open for the L. Ray Patterson Award, an American Library Association-sponsored honor that recognizes particular individuals or groups who “embody the spirit of the U.S. Copyright law as voiced by the framers of our Constitution: ‘to advance the knowledge of science and useful arts.’” Nominations will be accepted through April 15, 2016. Appropriate nominees for the ... Read More »

Congress stands still; technology, the courts and fair use marches onwards


Guest Blog Post by Tom Lipinski* As I was preparing the readings for my doctoral seminar in Information Policy class the other week I ran across a Congressional Budget Office report from 2004 [Copyright Issues in Digital Media (A Congressional Budget Office Paper)]. The last part of the report evaluates four courses of action: Forbearance (doing nothing), increase the use ... Read More »

Negativland and fair use


One great example of the importance of fair use to the First Amendment is about the band Negativland and their fight with the music industry over a parody of U2’s song “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking for.”  Negativland is an experimental band known for its use of music collage, combining portions of other songs, speech and “found” elements of ... Read More »

Everyday fair use in libraries

Fair Use Week 2016

Guest Blog Post by Tammy Ravas* Happy Fair Use Week everyone! Fair use is one of the most important exceptions to the exclusive rights of copyright holders. It allows people to use copyrighted materials for certain purposes without the need to ask permission from rights holders. Fair use is the safety valve in the law that allows citizens to exercise ... Read More »

A non-transformative argument for orphan works

Fair Use Week 2016

Guest Post by Eric Harbeson, University of Colorado, Boulder In the last decade, policymakers and advocates have been debating how best to solve the problem of “orphan works”—those works that are, or are presumed to be, under copyright, yet whose rightful owner cannot be identified or found. That orphan works exist (and all the evidence points to their existing in ... Read More »