Libraries rely on the principles of the fair use exception as one safeguard for many common library practices, such as course reserves, routing, interlibrary loan, etc. Under the existing copyright regime in the United States, fair use (codified at § 107 of Title 17 in the United States Code) is an exception to the protection of a content creator’s exclusive right to use, sell and/or license their work product. AALL strongly believes that copyright law should preserve fair use and other user rights promoting the dissemination of information and ideas.
Issue Briefs and Reports
- Issue Brief, Fox News Network, LLC v. TVEyes, Inc. (January 2017)
- Copyright Committee Poster: Cambridge University Press v. Georgia State University (July 2016)
- Issue Brief, "Update of Cambridge University Press v. Patton and Fair Use" (February 2016)
- Advocacy One-Pager, "Google Books and Fair Use" (February 2016)
- Advocacy One-Pager, "Extended Collective Licensing for Mass Digitization" (January 2016)
- Advocacy One-Pager, "Balance in Copyright Law for the Digital Age" (March 2015)