New Code of Best Practices in Fair Use from American University

Fair Use is an essential component of copyright law for digital scholars. Digital scholarship often involves using content that others have created in order to critique, comment, or teach. The new Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for OER from the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American University provides a framework for thinking about Fair Use in the context of creating new scholarship and open educational resources (OER). The Code highlights the importance of Fair Use as a right for all users and creators, and debunks notions that Fair Use is a “loophole” in copyright law….