Beating the No U-Turn Syndrome: A New Approach to Teaching and Enforcing Copyright Compliance

For too long librarians have been seen as “copyright cops,” impeding the use of copyrighted materials by students and staff. This presentation suggests we redefine our roles, helping those we serve take maximum advantage of fair use provisions, finding authorities with a “user-centric” view of copyright enforcement, and teaching others to consider not just the legal, but moral side of intellectual property acquisition, use and re-use.

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"Text" of talk in PDF
Fair Use Scenarios


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