Resource Roundup: Fair Use

Posted March 8, 2017
 “"Rustam Lassos Rakhsh", Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings)” by Abu l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020) via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is licensed under CC0 1.0

“”Rustam Lassos Rakhsh”, Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings)” by Abu l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020)
via The Metropolitan Museum of Art, licensed under CC0 1.0

As many of our readers know, fair use is one of our favorite subjects here at Authors Alliance, and we enthusiastically joined with libraries and other like-minded organizations in the celebration of Fair Use Week last month. For this installment of our periodic Resource Roundup, we’ve compiled a collection of helpful online guides and tools on the subject of fair use. Although by no means comprehensive, we hope it will inspire you to explore and create using the incredible array of materials now available online!

Codes of Best Practices in Fair Use
Comprehensive guides for various creative communities from the Center for Media and Social Impact at American University

Fair Use Evaluator Tool
This step by step tool, created by the ALA, enables users to support and document their assertions of fair use

Fair Use Toolkit
A comprehensive collection from the ACRL of copyright and fair use tools and websites

Fair Use Week Resource List
Includes this year’s “Myths and Facts About Fair Use” infographic

U.S. Copyright Office Fair Use Index
A searchable database of legal opinions and fair use test cases

And, in case you missed it, here is a terrific new resource released last month that has no restrictions on reuse and remixing:

375,000 works from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, now freely available under CC0 license thanks to a partnership with Creative Commons

Got suggestions for other sites you depend on for quality content in your writing, teaching, or creative pursuits? Let us know, and we’ll feature them in a future Roundup!