of Research Libraries recently published a document entitled Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research
Libraries. The document is a code of fair use practices to be used by
the academic and research library community. It provides an overview of fair
use and identifies eight situations that represent acceptable fair use practices.
It also describes how fair use rights should apply in each situation. The Code, which was created in conjunction
with American University, was put together using surveys, small group discussions,
and copyright experts.
According to the Code,
the eight library practices to which the fair use doctrine can be applied
For each practice, the document describes how and why fair
use applies and lists any possible limitations or enhancements.
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