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Understanding Copyright: From Basics to Fair Use

Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 9:00am to 12:00pm

Mann Library, 160

Cornell's Copyright Information Center will celebrate Fair Use Week with two back-to-back sessions focused on copyright and fair use. These courses are for all students, faculty, and staff who create or use copyrighted materials in research, coursework, course design, and more. Refreshments will be served.

Copyright Basics, 9:00–10:15 a.m.
How does copyright work? Why is it so confusing? What is in the public domain? What is “Creative Commons?” Knowing the copyright status of your materials from the very start is crucial for the long-term success of your research, writing, or course design. This session will introduce you to the structure of U.S. copyright law, including a breakdown of what exclusive rights copyright owners enjoy over their works.

Copyright and Fair Use, 10:30 a.m.–noon
Fair use is a legal exemption to the exclusive rights of copyright holders. So how do you know if what you plan counts as “fair?” Learn about resources to help you answer this question. The session will explain the concept of copyright limitations and provide an in-depth look at the fair use limitation on copyright. You will gain a deeper knowledge about fair use’s four factors and how to apply them to your own writing and scholarship.

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