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How Far Fair Use?

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In coordination with International Open Access Week, and in partnership with the Digital Humanities Center and the Alyne Queener Massey Law Library, the Office of Digital Scholarship and Scholarly Communications and the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries celebrate the positive impact of Fair Use on the Academy.

What is fair use and why does it matter to libraries, universities, and scholarship? For that matter, what exactly is copyright and why should you care? Join two of the country's most prominent copyright law librarians/lawyers for a conversation about copyright, fair use as a key limitation on copyright, open access, and more.

Melissa Levine will begin the event at 11:00 with a discussion of current copyright cases and their impact on the educational environment, emphasizing teaching, research, and use of library-held materials. Lunch will be provided to registrants at noon. At 1:00, Kyle Courtney will lead the audience through various fair use analyses in the form of an interactive game show. In an engaging way, participants will learn the processes for making fair use judgments in both their educational and research pursuits.

Advanced Registration is free, but required for provided lunch

The event will be held in The Community Room of Central Library on October 25, 2018

11:00-12:00,  Fair Use in Academe 

Lunch Break Courtesy of the Digital Humanities Center

1:00-2:30, How Far Fair Use? Copyright in Research and the Classroom



Melissa Smith Levine

Melissa Smith Levine

Lead Copyright Officer at the University of Michigan

Melissa Levine provides guidance on all aspects of copyright policy and practice, helping the University of Michigan community understand copyright. Melissa has extensive experience with copyright matters. At the Smithsonian Institution, Melissa handled licensing and contract negotiations for publishing, product development, electronic rights, audiovisual media, exhibitions, and festivals (1990-96). At the Library of Congress, Melissa was Assistant General Counsel and Legal Advisor to the National Digital Library Project, serving as counsel to a $60 million program focused on digital preservation and Internet access to American history primary materials in print, text, image, music, sound recordings, and film media (1996-2001). She developed copyright and other rights and permissions policies for worldwide dissemination of collections online, advised senior management on intellectual property and interrelated business and strategic issues, worked with the U.S. Copyright Office and other organizations and government agencies on copyright issues, and represented The Library of Congress in inter-agency meetings and initiatives related to copyright and digital libraries.

Melissa also has worked in the arena of museum policy and management having served as the Exhibits and Outreach Librarian at the University of Michigan Library, Acting Director of the Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, Associate Director for Finance and Administration at the Wolfsonian Museum, and Acting Curator of the World Bank’s Art program. She teaches Intellectual Property and Information Law for the University of Michigan School of Information and a course on Museums, Law and Policy for Johns Hopkins University's masters in museum studies program.



Kyle Courtney

Kyle K. Courtney

Copyright Advisor for the Office for Scholarly Communication at Harvard University

Kyle K. Courtney is an attorney presently working at Harvard University as its first Copyright Advisor out of the Office for Scholarly Communication. In this role, he works with over 70 Harvard Libraries to establish a culture of shared understanding of copyright issues among Harvard staff, faculty, and students. His work at Harvard also includes a role as the Copyright and Information Policy Advisor for HarvardX, and founding the first Harvard Copyright Working Group, an outgrowth of the Harvard Library Lab grant he was awarded to develop a web-based “Fair Use and Copyright Tool” for use by the Harvard Library community. Previously, he worked as Manager of Faculty Research and Scholarship at Harvard Law School, and continues to teach first year legal research as part of the Legal Research and Writing program at Harvard Law School.

He runs a copyright law consulting practice for libraries, higher education institutions, non-profit groups, and specialized archives.  He currently maintains a dual appointment at Northeastern University: as a Faculty Scholar for the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) at the School of Law, and teaching Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights for the interdisciplinary Information Assurance program at the College of Computer and Information Science.  For the past six years, Kyle has continued to design and teach seminars in international legal research methods for both PHRGE and the Bringing Human Rights Home Lawyers’ Network at Columbia Law. He holds a J.D. with distinction in Intellectual Property Law. He earned his MLS from Simmons College in Boston. He is a published author and writes a monthly column on research methods for Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly. Kyle’s latest chapter on copyright law is forthcoming in the work Libraries in the Digital Age, by Scarecrow Press.