Fair Use Week

Fair Use Week

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.

Recommended Resources

PCC Library has a Copyright Resources guide with an entire section dedicated to Fair Use. This guide contains an overview of fair use, information about the four factors that determine fair use, and many additional resources that are available on this topic.

Before I Can Fix This Tractor, We Have to Fix Copyright Law is a personal essay on how copyright laws run afoul in real life.

Fair Use Week, Fair Dealing Week contains multiple videos and lots of information on fair use fundamentals.  And, don’t miss the excellent infographic about how a typical college student encounters Fair Use.

Fair Use Week Comics are comics created about Fair Use for Harvard Library.

U.S. Copyright Office Fair Use Index contains definitions and other good information about Fair Use.