Braving Through Fear of Fair Use
Monday, February 24, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery Lab
Are you digitizing a special collection or unique museum materials? Are you a scholar trying to use images for research, scholarly publishing or teaching? In the last 20 years there has been an explosion in the amount of high-quality online image content from cultural collections. But recent research indicates that scholars are not necessarily taking advantage of this content. Why? The College Art Association recently issued the findings of a survey examining application and understanding of fair use by scholars, artists, and others. It demonstrates what many professors and students say: ‘we don’t understand fair use and don’t know how to use it.’ Melissa Levine, Lead Copyright Officer for the University of Michigan Library will lead a discussion about the report, what it might mean for rethinking our behavior and decisions, and consider ways the survey can help us think about responsible application of fair use in providing access to digital collections, scholarly communication, and authorship.