Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Jan: Helping Students Make Sense of Fair Use

Wednesday, January 15, 2014  12-1pm PST

U.S. Copyright Law grants a number of exclusive rights to copyright
owners, but those rights have various limitations. One of those
limitations, fair use, is both a blessing and a curse for educators.
It’s a blessing because it gives us the right to use copyrighted
materials without seeking permission from the copyright owner, but it
can also be a curse due to misunderstandings and misinformation
regarding fair use. Making matters worse is the circulation of various
sets of classroom “guidelines” – on university and library websites –
that have never been part of copyright legislation and are therefore,
not legally binding. In fact, most classroom copyright guidelines are
quite restrictive and, if followed to the letter, can erode and impair
the educational mission of the University.

So if we’re confused about copyright, what about our students? How do we
help them think critically about using copyrighted materials in their
classroom assignments when we’re not even sure ourselves? This webinar
will describe current fair use analysis and provide a framework to guide
students in making sound decisions about using copyrighted material in

their work.