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.)
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.
Welcome, many new followers from the Mountain West Chapter!
I hope you will all begin to share ideas and news here in the new year. A wide variety of submissions would be welcome: information about new projects at your library, exciting new additions to your collections, useful tools you’ve heard about, and your own accomplishments and awards. If you’re interested in it, chances are that some other chapter members will be as well. Let’s get to know each other better!
Over on the right you’ll see a link to email your news to the editor. That’s the easiest way to share your stories here.
In the meantime, in celebration of this festive season (and the gorgeous snowstorm now settled over Santa Fe, where I write), here’s some news about a very cool competition. Hack the Bells, the first international carillon remix competition, has chosen its winners. The competition was the brainchild of Sarah Stierch, during her time as Susan B. Miller Fellow at the Berkeley Center for New Media at the University of California, Berkeley. She reports that “All works submitted were required to be released under a Creative Commons Share-Alike 4.0 license ” and cites this as proof that contemporary art and open licenses can coexist, if incentives are offered to artists. In this case the winner was promised a cash prize of $700 plus acquisition of their work by the University of California Berkeley and Anton Brees Carillon Library. Submissions ranged from musical works to knitted scarves, poetry, paintings, installation works, and theatre pieces.
While this isn’t specifically a “library” project, I thought it shed interesting light on current discussions in library-land, such as the evolution of intellectual property rights, and the trend toward libraries creating (in this case inspiring) rather than simply acquiring content.
(photo from http://theculturefeed.com/2014/12/13/hack-the-bells-first-international-carillon-remix-competition-selects-winner/ )
Berkeley law has released a new handbook: Is It in the Public Domain? to help researchers evaluate the copyright status of works created in the US between January 1, 1923 and December 31, 1977. If you deal with copyright questions, this guide and the related flowcharts will be helpful.