February 24 – 28 is Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week.

But why should you care?

You should care because Fair Use is a US law that you utilize frequently, even daily. Fair Use makes a number of things possible, including:

  • parody and satire
  • quoting and citing
  • remixes
  • scanning and photocopying

Fair Use lets you use copyrighted materials without the creator’s permission. If Fair Use didn’t exist, then you’d have to contact the creator each time you wanted to quote or cite an article or book, make new art that references someone else’s work, use a book in a course you teach, or create a parody of a movie or song.

Fair Use makes most of your coursework here possible. But more important, Fair Use makes Airplane, Spaceballs, and Shaun of the Dead possible.

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