Fair Use Week is observed annually during the month of February. For 2021, Fair Use Week will be celebrated from February 22-26. What is fair use? Put simply, Fair Use is an exception to copyright laws for educational, journalistic, and research purposes. Copyrighted content can be used for protected purposes without seeking permission or paying the owner. Fair Use protects the user from charges of copyright infringement if the use is appropriate. Celebrating New Additions to Public Domain As of January 1, 2021, a large number of books, music, and films first published in 1925 have entered the public domain. These include works by Thomas Mann, George Gershwin, Edith Warton, and Agatha Christie. Anyone can use these works as raw material for their own creations, without fear of a lawsuit.