Staying Informed on Copyright and Fair Use

The 3rd Annual World’s Fair Use Day (WFUD) is this Fri. May 4, 2012. The day-long, free event will be held at the Pew Charitable Trusts Conference Center in Washington, DC. Sessions throughout the day will examine fair use in a number of creative contexts, including poetry, fashion, music and journalism.

WFUD attendees will also explore the aftermath of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011rotect Intellectual Property Act (PROTECT IP Act or PIPA), both of which were grossly overreaching efforts of Congress to protect copyright holders. The threat to First Amendment freedoms, creative expression, and the advancement of knowledge posed by these bills was so great that the public responded swiftly. Both bills were soundly thwarted by widespread, grassroots social media efforts. WFUD organizers hope to sustain the momentum from these efforts and keep the public and content creators engaged in the dialogue.

The AALL Copyright Committee will be exploring SOPA as well during a unique program at the upcoming AALL Annual Meeting in Boston. On Sun. July 22 at 3:45 the Committee hosts program C5 Hot Topics in Copyright for Librarians. This program will offer updates on three timely copyright issues; orphan works, copyright as applied to state and local documents, and recent developments in copyright legislation (SOPA/PIPA) and litigation (Google Books, GSU, etc.). Annual Meeting attendees may also be interested in Using Creative Commons Licenses, sponsored by the M/AV Special Interest Section on Tues. July 24 at 3:45 pm. Librarians, as both creators and consumers of information, have a responsibility to be well-informed in matters of copyright and fair use, and should take advantage of these upcoming learning opportunities.

Guest post by Tracy L. Thompson-Przylucki, Vice Chair, AALL Copyright Committee

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