Fair Use Week 2017

February 20-24

Harvard is delighted to be celebrating the fourth annual Fair Use Week this year, an opportunity to bring attention to the “essential limitations and exceptions to copyright” and “balance in copyright law, promoting further progress and accommodating freedom of speech and expression” that fair use (and fair dealing) represent.

Hatched in 2014 at Harvard by Copyright Advisor Kyle K. Courtney as campus-only pilot, Fair Use Week has since become an internationally celebrated event thanks to the generous support from and promotion by the Association of Research Libraries.

The Office for Scholarly Communication invites you to participate in this year’s Fair Use Week by following the posts on our blog from national and international fair use guest experts, exploring fair use success stories, and participating in fair use conversations.

We are also delighted to host a screening and panel discussion of Other People’s Footage, deliver a new fair use comic, and co-host a “Fan Fiction & Fair Use” panel with MIT. 

As always, our Copyright First Responders will act as official ambassadors of Fair Use Week, donning t-shirts and starting conversations around campus and online. If you have fair use questions, please acquaint yourself with your local CFR. They are always on hand to help you work through fair use analyses (and any other copyright question you may have).

We hope you will join in the upcoming Harvard-based Fair Use Week festivities and read a roundup of the events after the fact. You may also find information on other local and national events listed on the ARL's Fair Use Week website.

Follow @FairUseWeek for a chance to win a warm and snazzy Fair Use Week beanie. And thank you for joining us in celebrating the power of the four factors to transform teaching, learning, and scholarship.

Fair Use Week 2017 at Harvard

  • February 20
    • Guest blog post by Kenneth Crews, Of Counsel to Gipson Hoffman & Pancione and a Professor at Columbia Law School and Munich Intellectual Property Center.
  • February 21
    • Guest blog post by Brandon Butler, University of Virginia Library Director of Information Policy and American University's Washington College of Law's Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic
  • February 22
  • February 23
    • Other People’s Footage Screening and Q&A with the directors: Harvard Law School 272 Kirkland and Ellis Classroom - South, 4-6:30 pm (refreshments provided)
    • Guest blog post by Dave Hansen, Duke University Libraries Director of the Office of Copyright & Scholarly Communications
  • February 24
    • Guest blog post by Sara R. Benson, Assistant Professor & Copyright Librarian at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

February 20


Guest expert, Kenny Crews: Coming to New Terms with Fair Use

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February 21

February 22


Stay tuned for event roundup.

Guest expert, Krista Cox: Debunking Fair Use Myths

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February 23


Stay tuned for event roundup.

Guest expert, Dave Hansen: Fair Use is for Innovation!

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February 24

Thank you for your support of Fair Use Week at Harvard! We encourage you to follow our copyright blog, and Fair Use Week Tumblr and Twitter feeds for news and event information about Fair Use Week 2018.