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Intellectual Property and the Arts

FAIR USE GUIDELINES, PRACTICES, AND POLICIES

General References

The College Art Association is pursuing a multiyear project to develop a Code of Best Practices for Fair Use in the Creation and Curation of Artworks and Scholarly Publishing in the Visual Arts. With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and additional funding from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, CAA has completed an initial phase of this project by publishing Copyright, Permissions, and Fair Use among Visual Artists and the Academic and Museum Visual Arts Communities: An Issues Report.

The College Art Association, through its Board of Directors, adopted two documents on fair use on February 26, 2012: Statement on the Fair Use of Images for Teaching, Research, and Study and Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries. These guidelines add to the growing body of Standards and Guidelines adopted by the association to promote professional practice within the field. Vetted by legal experts and copyright scholars, these documents provide guidance to users of images for educational and scholarly purposes.

Visual Resources Association: Statement on the Fair Use of Images for Teaching, Research, and Study (2011) addresses the use of images for teaching, research, publishing, and other academic work. The statement is based on the academic community’s longstanding practices of fair use, including the use of images in theses and dissertations, on the fair use legal canon.

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries (2012) describes common library practices affected by copyright and fair use jurisprudence. These best practice guidelines support librarians and library users in their understanding of copyright and fair use of materials in academic coursework and repositories.

The Good News about Library Fair Use (infographic)

AAMD Policy on the Use of ‘Thumbnail’ Digital Images in Museum Online Initiatives
Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) (January 19, 2011)

Orphan Works: Statement of Best Practices (January 12, 2009; rev. June 17, 2009)
Society of American Archivists (SAA)

Well-intentioned Practice for Putting Digitized Collections of Unpublished Materials Online (May 28, 2010)
Online Computer Center Library (OCLC)

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Scholarly Research in Communication (June 2010)
Center for Social Media, School of Communication, American University, Washington DC

Documentary Filmmakers’ Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use (November 18, 2005)
Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers; Independent Feature Project; International Documentary Association; National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture; Women in Film & Video (Washington, DC, chapter)

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video (June 2008)
Center for Social Media, School of Communication, American University, Washington DC

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for OpenCourseWare
A Committee of Practitioners of Opencourseware in the United States (2009)

The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education
Center for Social Media, School of Communication, American University, Washington DC (n.d.)

Society for Cinema and Media Studies’ Statement of Fair Use Best Practices for Media Studies Publishing (ca. 2009)
Society for Cinema and Media Studies

Society for Cinema and Media Studies’ in Teaching for Film and Media Educators Statement of Best Practices for Fair Use (2008)
Society for Cinema and Media Studies

Fair Use Principles for User Generated Video Content (2007) is endorsed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Center for Social Media, School of Communications, American University, Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, Washington College of Law, American University, Public Knowledge, Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, and the ACLU of Northern California.

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Poetry
Center for Social Media, School of Communication, American University, Washington DC; The Poetry Foundation

Best Practices in Fair Use of Dance-related Materials (2009)
Dance Heritage Coalition, Washington DC

Best Practices in the Fair Use of Copyrighted Materials in Music Scholarship (2010)
American Musicological Society

Studies, Resources, and Some Answers

Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy (2013) is a green paper that calls for new public input on critical policy issues central to our nation's economic growth, cultural development, and job creation, issued by the Internet Policy Task Force of the US Patents and Trademarks Office’s Department of Commerce.

Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright, by Patricia Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011)

Association of Research Libraries, Copyright & Intellectual Property Policies

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