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Spotlight: Happy Fair Use Week!

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For students, faculty, and researchers, Fair Use Week (February 20-24) is reason to celebrate: fair use provides an essential safety valve that allows us to use copyrighted works without obtaining permission.

Fair use is a remarkably short and comprehensible piece of copyright law that reflects the need for copyrighted works to be available for all to be used for “purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching… scholarship, or research.”


In celebration of Fair Use Week, the MIT Libraries are hosting two events:

Also: Check out these MIT Libraries resources to learn more about copyright and fair use: