Patricia Aufderheide Speaks on Legal Trends and Best Practices for Copyrighted Material
Event will explore the best practices in fair use of copyrighted materials in academic settings.
Tuesday, April 29, 4 p.m.
Patricia Aufderheide, a professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C., and coauthor of Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright, will speak on “Remixing Scholarship: When, Why, and How Using Copyrighted Material in Your Work Is a Good Thing” on Tuesday, April 29, at 4 p.m. in Knight Library’s Browsing Room.
Several hypothetical scenarios illustrate the complexity in the use of copyrighted materials:
- A music student compares blues masters with British invasion stars—can a video that reuses sound and images from university resources go up on the library’s website?
- Faculty members want to create a site where they share articles, book chapters, chunks of movies, and other resources as they develop an online course—is that okay? And what about using these materials in the online course itself?
- A Ph.D. candidate’s dissertation has lots of illustrations of political cartoons from the last 30 years—can it be filed electronically at the university or published without hundreds of permissions?
U.S. copyright law not only provides limited monopolies for creators but also actively encourages unlicensed reuse of copyrighted material, most importantly through fair use. But knowing when and how to employ fair use can be a challenge.
Aufderheide will provide an overview of the latest research on legal trends and the results of creating codes of best practices in fair use in the academic environment.