Free and Legal Stuff You Can USE!

Adapted from a presentation today at “Enhancing Quality Staff 2012”, which a really fun and engaging symposium, and always really well-run (by UMN Libraries colleagues.) Sometimes it gets a little tiring to work through all the details of copyright exemptions and exceptions. Especially when we’re building on other people’s stuff…

Best Practices in Fair Use – a couple of thoughts

Earlier this week, the Association of Research Libraries released a new document called the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries. The document is the result of a multi-year process of interviews and focus groups with librarians and others involved in library work and management,…

How I Talk About Fair Use – Intro & “Breathing Space”

When & why I Talk About Fair Use “How do we/I know what we/I can and cannot do with other people’s stuff?” is one of the primary things I’m asked to talk about in trainings and other outreach and education efforts. Often, what people think they really want to know…

News from UMN Copyright Program…

Coming tomorrow, a whole new UMN Copyright Website! The new site will replace the old site sometime Wednesday morning,at the current URL – http://ww.lib.umn.edu/copyright)Here’s a sneak preview: It’s not 100% done – but we don’t expect it ever will be! Part of the overhaul was moving the site to a…

Clearing Tracks – Rail Snow Plows (JoPD/CC)

(I have been sharing “Joys of the Public Domain” and “Treasures of the Creative Commons” on my Twitter feed for a while. They’re just things (mostly pictures) that I’ve stumbled across and enjoyed. Expect more random collections like this in the future!)My office window looks out over the Mississippi River…

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