Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Webinar on April 13: Understanding Fair Use During the Pandemic and Other Emergencies

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Registration is open for this webinar I'm giving on April 13, 2:30-4:00 p.m. ET.  It is focused on U.S. Copyright Law and staff from all types of libraries  - especially public libraries - are encouraged to attend.

April 13, 2:30-4:00 p.m. ET  - Understanding Fair Use During the Pandemic and Other Emergencies for ALA eLearning.  If you have questions about the work your library is engaged in - especially in the wake of changes during the pandemic - then this is the webinar for you.  While the scenarios are important, your questions are even more important because they get at what you really need to know.


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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