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Live Viewing - The Fair Use Factors: Their History and Application

Thu, Feb 25, 2016 | 2:00 pm

Join us for a live viewing of the Association of College & Research Libraries' webcast as part of the Fair Use Week celebration.


The language of the fair use factors has changed very little since the nineteenth century, but the doctrine of fair use has changed a great deal. Understanding the history of the factors, particularly their changing importance, is crucial to making accurate fair use decisions today. This webcast will focus on fair use cases from the last forty years, tracing the relative importance of the four statutory factors and their subfactors. Participants will then be asked to practice applying current fair use law to a series of hypothetical fact patterns.

Learning outcomes

Learn the history of fair use factors and subfactors including commerciality, publication status, and transformativeness. Learn the current relative importance of the four fair use factors and their subfactors. Use this knowledge of the fair use factors to make fair use decisions. Library staff will be on hand to respond to your questions about copyright and fair use.


Ana Enriquez is a copyright lawyer who focuses on the issues facing libraries, universities, and other cultural institutions. She has taught copyright and internet law in several contexts, including as the Head Teaching Fellow for the online course CopyrightX from 2013 to 2015. She is a member of the Illinois and Massachusetts bars and is a graduate of Berkeley Law and Harvard College.

If you have any questions please contact Steven Bell at bells@temple.edu

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