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Madigan Library Celebrates ‘Fair Use Week’

Coordinated by the Association of Research Libraries, Fair Use Week (Feb. 22 -26) is supported by many participating organizations, from the American Library Association to Yale University.

Groups such as Authors Alliance, Creative Commons, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and universities such as Duke, Harvard and Penn State recognize the importance of fair use and join Penn College in the observance.

Madigan Library displays variety of resources in observance of "Fair Use Week." (Photo by Blair E. Mattocks, library support services assistant)
Madigan Library displays variety of resources in observance of “Fair Use Week.” (Photo by Blair E. Mattocks, library support services assistant)

A display at Madigan Library’s first-floor Reference Desk includes an infographic, “Fair Use Fundamentals,” as well as resources to further promote Fair Use Week and provide information about copyright and fair use.

The annual event shows and shares how important the doctrine of fair use is in the United States … and to you! A variety of resources can be found on the Fair Use Week website – a self-administered quiz and a catchy song, for instance – to help promote fair use.

Penn College’s Copyright and Fair Use Advisory Group encourages you to check out the many tools, tips and information available on the Copyright portal site.

The CFUAG, the Madigan Library and Human Resources Professional Development Office are sponsoring  a unique opportunity for employees and students to attend a presentation (PSD520) from 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in Penn’s Inn (Bush Campus Center, second floor).

During the presentation, titled “Stay Legal: Third-Party Content in the Classroom,” attendees will learn the ins and outs of intellectual property rights within academia. The presenter, attorney Austin White, will explore copyright issues for educational uses, accepted guidelines for third-party content within the classroom, and special exceptions within U.S. Copyright law. Individuals who attend will also be provided with a primer on getting permissions. Topic areas include copyright, trademark and software licensing.

White practices intellectual property law, contract litigation and technology law at the McCormick Law Firm in Williamsport. He advises businesses and individuals on a variety of legal issues, from contract drafting and commercial transactions, to communications law and trademark/copyright issues, and manages Penn College’s trademark portfolio before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. White is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, is a member of the Lycoming Law Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and serves as an assistant Lycoming County solicitor.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in communication and media studies from East Stroudsburg University and a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh. White was raised in Nazareth and resides in Loyalsock Township.