May 21, 2014 marks the launch of the Authors Alliance. The mission of the Alliance “is to further the public interest in facilitating widespread access to works of authorship by assisting and representing authors who want to disseminate knowledge and products of the imagination broadly.” The OSC’s Peter Suber and Stuart Shieber are both founding members of the Authors Alliance. Find further details here.
Colin B. Lukens, Repository Manager at the OSC, has been elected to serve as the president of New England Archivists.
Our final Fair Use Week blog post features an international copyright expert. Dr. Matthew Rimmer is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow working on Intellectual Property and Climate Change, associate professor at the ANU College of Law, and an associate director of the Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture. Dr. Rimmer shares his thoughts in “The Fight for Fair Use in Australia: Copyright Law in an Age of Cloud Computing.” Read the full article here.
Professor William Fisher, the WilmerHale Professor of Intellectual Property Law at Harvard Law School and Faculty Director at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, is our fourth guest expert this week. He has graciously shared his lecture Fair Use Today from CopyrightX, the first online law class offered as a joint venture between Harvard Law School, HarvardX, and the Berkman Center. Many thanks to Professor Fisher for sharing this with us.
We are pleased to welcome Kenneth D. Crews as the third guest blogger in our celebration of Fair Use Week. Crews is an internationally recognized expert on copyright, libraries, and fair use. He is currently Of Counsel to Gipson Hoffman & Pancione in Los Angeles, and an adjunct professor at the Columbia Law School in New York. You can read his post, “The Expanding Importance of Fair Use: Virtues and Dimensions for Future Needs” here.
Fair Use Week continues today with the second in our week-long series of posts from guest experts. Kevin Smith, Director of the Office of Copyright and Scholarly Communication at Duke University, discusses the Second Circuit’s recent fair use opinion and the potential implications for the Georgia State University appeal. Read Smith’s full article, “Fair Use, Fixation, and the Problem of Legal Fictions,” here.
Fair Use Week launches today with the first in a series of posts from guest experts. Krista L. Cox, the Director of Public Policy Initiatives for the Association of Research Libraries, discusses The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries and the recent fair use hearings in Congress. Read Cox’s full article and find more information here.
The inaugural Fair Use Week, sponsored by the Office for Scholarly Communication, will be held from February 24 to 28. It will feature guest blog posts from experts on fair use, libraries, and the law; fair use videos; “Fair Use Stories”; and a live panel of fair use experts on Friday the 28th. Follow updates online at @FairUseWeek or #FairUseWeek, and find more information here.