PIJIP, CSM, and the Association of Research Libraries Publish New Report: Fair Use Challenges in Academic and Research Libraries
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Brandon Butler
Association of Research Libraries
Washington, DC—The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is pleased to announce the release of Fair Use Challenges in Academic and Research Libraries, a report that summarizes research into the current application of fair use and other copyright exemptions to meet the missions of U.S. academic and research libraries.
The research was conducted in partnership with the Center for Social Media and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American University. In dozens of interviews with veteran research and academic librarians, the researchers learned how copyright law comes into play as interviewees performed core library functions, including:
- Facilitating student access to learning materials on e-reserves and course websites
- Providing scholars access to research materials, whether by digitizing existing collections or by providing physical access to special collections and archives
- Preserving research materials for future scholars and the public, and creating useable copies of frail materials for contemporary use
- Exhibiting material from collections, whether online or in physical space
- Making library materials accessible for the disabled
- Failure to take full advantage of fair use and other copyright limitations and exceptions
- Perception of unnecessary conflict between their firm commitment to library mission and their conscientious respect for copyright law
Fair Use Challenges in Academic and Research Libraries is part of a three-stage project funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. In stage two the project team will facilitate development of a [code of best practices in fair use for research libraries. In stage three, the team will work to promote understanding and adoption of the code.