Thursday, April 01, 2021

Understanding Fair Use During an Emergency, like a Pandemic

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On May 13 (2:30-4:00 p.m. ET), I'm giving an online workshop for the American Library Association (ALA) entitled Understanding Fair Use During an Emergency, like a PandemicDescription:

No one would have predicted that when the pandemic struck copyright would become a hot topic. However, when libraries and school closed their physical doors in spring 2020 and moved online, questions emerged about the use of materials in the online environment. For example, could a book be read in an online storytime? Confusing the matter were publishers who “gave” permission, while those knowledgeable in copyright said that permission was not needed.

This webinar will use four common scenarios to discuss the application of Fair Use during a pandemic and other emergencies, as well as in normal times. Each scenario will focus on a common library activity. Basic copyright information with be provided, so that everyone enters the scenarios with similar knowledge. There will be time for participant questions throughout.

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