Profs. Jaszi and Aufderheide Publish New Book - Reclaiming Fair Use

We're excited to announce the launch of Reclaiming Fair Use -- a book that empowers creators of all kinds. Profs. Patricia Aufderheide, director of the Center for Social Media, and Peter Jaszi, Professor of Law in the Washington College of Law at American University, urge a robust embrace  of a principle long-embedded in copyright law, but too often poorly understood—fair use. By challenging the widely held notion that current copyright law has become unworkable and obsolete in the era of digital technologies, Reclaiming Fair Use promises to reshape the debate in both scholarly circles and the creative community.

Selected Reviews:

"The Supreme Court has told us that fair use is one of the "traditional safeguards" of the First Amendment.  As this book makes abundantly clear, nobody has done better work making sure that safeguard is actually effective than Aufderheide and Jaszi.  The day we have a First Amendment Hall of Fame, their names should be there engraved in stone.  --Lewis Hyde, author, Common as Air: Revolution, Art and Ownership

"If you only read one book about copyright this year, read Reclaiming Fair Use.  It is the definitive history of the cataclysmic change in the custom and practice surrounding the  fair use of materials  by filmmakers and other groups."  --Michael Donaldson, Esq. Senior Partner, Donaldson & Callif, Los Angeles.

Reclaiming Fair Use will be an important and widely read book that scholars of copyright law will find a ‘must have’ for their bookshelves. It is a sound interpretation of the law and offers useful guidance to the creative community that goes beyond what some of the most ideological books about copyright tend to say.”—Pamela Samuelson, University of California, Berkeley School of Law

Table Of Contents



Chapter 1. The Culture of Fear and Doubt, and How to Leave It

Chapter 2. Long and Strong Copyright: Why Fair Use Is So Important

Chapter 3. The Decline and Rise of Fair Use: The Back-Room Story

Chapter 4. The Decline and Rise of Fair Use: The Public Campaigns

Chapter 5. Fair Use Resurgent

Chapter 6. Fair Use in the Courtroom: How Judges Think Now

Chapter 7. Documentary Filmmakers: Pioneering Best Practices

Chapter 8. Codes of Best Practices Catch On

Chapter  9. How to Fair Use

Chapter 10. A Note on Fair Use Internationally 

Appendix A: Codes of Best Practices in Fair Use

Appendix B: Fair Use Myths and Misunderstandings

Appendix C: Documentary Filmmakers' Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use

Appendix D: Myths and Realities about Fair Use

Appendix E: Answers to Fair Use: You Be The Judge


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