Happy Fair Use Week

FairUseWeek-Logo-header-color      Happy Fair Use Week!

It is time to celebrate the Four Factors:

“In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include—

(1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;

(2) the nature of the copyrighted work;

(3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and

(4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work. “

(quoted from http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html#107)

The Fair Use Week website lists helpful resources here. I was particularly interested in the Power Point presentation I’m an artist by Georgia Harper. It outlines good strategies for artists who need to navigate fair use when creating works inspired or derived from the work of other creators.

Harvard University Library has a nice blog post pointing to some interesting resources here.

(Those in your household not interested in fair use may prefer to celebrate Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day today.)

CAA to publish Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts

The College Art Association has announced that on February 9 it will publish a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts, described as a “set of principles addressing best practices in the fair use of copyrighted materials based on a consensus of opinion developed through discussions with visual-arts professionals.” Funds for this project were provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with additional support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Copies will be available online and at the CAA conference.

Thank you

I am happy to write today of my gratitude to the Mountain West Chapter. Thank you for choosing me to receive this year’s Winberta Yao Travel Award to attend the ARLIS/NA Conference in Fort Worth. I am looking forward to learning and sharing, and I promise to blog about my experiences as frequently I can for the sake of those who cannot attend in person, as I could not last year.

Many thanks,

Caroline Dechert

(blog editor here, and Librarian and Archivist at the Museum of International Folk Art)