Archive for January, 2010

New Video: Fair Use of Copyrighted Content

Posted January 21st, 2010 by Ellen Duranceau

The Libraries are offering a new video, A Window on Fair Use, which provides an overview of US Copyright law’s Fair Use provisions.

The 9-minute video explains how you can employ the concept of “Fair Use” under US copyright law to legally reuse copyrighted content without permission from the copyright holder. It reviews the “four factor” analysis to assess whether a proposed use is likely to be a “fair use,” and offers relevant tools to support your own fair use analysis.

The tutorial also provides information on finding content that is available for flexible reuse, because it is in the public domain or offered under a creative commons license. It offers brief information on seeking permission to use for content when fair use does not apply.

For more information on Fair Use, see:

Beatles on USB at Lewis Music Library

Posted January 20th, 2010 by Christie Moore

The complete Beatles on a USB drive? Yes! This remastered set has the 13 original studio albums and Past Masters plus mini-documentary films, original album art, and expanded liner notes. Using money donated by an alumnus, the Lewis Music Library purchased one of the limited edition (30,000 copies) green aluminum apples. MIT community members may check out a USB copy for one day, due at closing on the following day.

The music is in both FLAC 44.1 Khz 24 bit and DRM Free MP3 320 Kbps formats, supported by PC or Mac. The Lewis Music Library is located in Bldg. 14E-109 and library hours are posted on the web.