What we look forward to reading this week: Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Educational Resources. Video launch today!
Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property
Overview: This project aims to evaluate the perception of copyright related barriers to the creation of open educational resources (OER) that contain third party materials, such as quotations, excerpts, photographs and illustrations. Our preliminary discussions indicate that there are significant areas of practice where increased understanding and confidence about when and how fair use permits the use of these third party materials would expand the types of OER created and improve their instructional value. We anticipate working with authors, teachers, professors, instructional designers, librarians, and others to draft a best practices in fair use for open educational resources to document the best practices in this professional community.
Resilient Digital Materials for Teaching and Learning: Copyright and Open Education Strategies Webinar Series
As teachers are making an emergency shift to online education, one component of that struggle is navigating concerns around copyright when finding digital teaching materials. This webinar series addresses that and is divided into two tracks: K-12 and Higher Education. There are also two stand-alone webinar options that can be attended by both the K-12 and Higher Education community. All of the webinars will also be available on YouTube and linked to https://www.wcl.american.edu/impact/initiatives-programs/pijip/impact/best-practices-in-fair-use/best-practices-in-fair-use-for-open-educational-resources after the live event has ended.
Fair use and fair dealing are the rights to use copyrighted content without asking the rightsholder for permission. This statutory safeguard is key to a balanced copyright regime, allowing creativity and knowledge to flourish without constraint. Because the context in which librarians, teachers, musicians, journalists, and others rely on fair use varies, these and other communities have developed codes of best practices for fair use that are based on common scenarios in their fields. The newest code is on open educational resources (OER), specifically what fair use enables with respect to using copyrighted material as “inserts.” The codes are not manuals—they are frameworks for decision-making according to community standards.