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Fair Use on the Physical and Digital Campus

EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative 2013 Online Seminar
September 16, 2013 | 1:00–4:00 p.m. ET (UTC-4) convert to your time zone; Runs three hours.


Malcolm Brown, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative director, and Veronica Diaz, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative associate director, moderated this online seminar with American University professor Patricia Aufderheide and Brandon Butler, American University practitioner-in-residence.

How can higher education professional staff best facilitate faculty and student use of copyrighted materials as they teach, learn, and research? Aufderheide and Butler explained basic principles of fair use in copyright law, reviewed recent changes in interpretation, discussed the best practices approach as developed by librarians, open-courseware designers, and members of the professoriate, and how to use these tools to facilitate higher-ed mission, both in physical and digital spaces. They also discussed implications of latest litigation and fielded your questions!

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the logic of fair use within copyright
  • Understand how to work with faculty and staff to apply fair use to their situation
  • Know how to manage copyright questions in the digital environment

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