Presenting the Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use of Collections Containing Orphan Works

American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20016

Faculty Lounge (Room 600)
Thursday, February 26, 2015
12:30 Lunch | 1:15pm Event | 5:15 Reception

You are invited to join us for this Fair Use Week event giving an introduction to the Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use of Collections Continuing Orphan Works followed by a series of panel discussions with legal experts, librarians, archivists, and other members of the community about how this Statement can be applied in practice.

Over the last several years, libraries, archives and other memory institutions have recognized that copyright law poses a significant obstacle to digital preservation of and online access to large segments of their collections. This problem especially acute for archives and collections that contain orphan works—i.e., works for which it is difficult or impossible to find rights holders who might give permission for their use. The Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use of Collections Containing Orphan Works for Libraries, Archives, and Other Memory Institutions, released in December 2014, addresses how memory institutions can apply fair use to overcome these challenges.

You can find a copy of the Statement and supporting documents, including a series of explanatory white papers authored in anticipation of this event, at http://cmsimpact.org/orphanworks. For more information about Fair Use Week, please see http://fairuseweek.org/.

Agenda:

12:30   Lunch

1:15     Opening – Prof. Peter Jaszi, American University, Washington College of Law

1:30     Introduction to the Statement of Best Practices

  • Dave Hansen, University of North Carolina School of Law (via webcast)
  • Meredith Jacob, American University, Washington College of Law

2:45     Putting the Best Practices to Work: Practical Applications

  • Meredith Jacob – Moderator
  • Jon Band, Association of Research Libraries – fair use as an enabling tool for   libraries and archives
  • Brandon Butler, American University Washington College of Law – the interplay of this statement with other best practices

4:00     Best Practices at Work

  • Peter Jaszi – Moderator
  • Heather Briston, University of California Libraries – digitization, access, and orphan works
  • Peggy Hoon, University of North Carolina, Charlotte – fair use, orphan works, and the Grateful Dead archive

5:15     Reception

Funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and facilitated by research teams from:

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