Boring but Important!: Learn the ins and outs of fair use

Knowing how to correctly determine fair use of copyrighted material is a must for college students in general, and especially students of the arts. The next Digital Futures Forum tackles this topic with a variety of experts.

Digital Futures Forum #5: Fair Use without Fear

When can you use copyrighted materials without permission? How has fair use shifted recently? Join Patricia Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi for an interactive exploration and in-depth discussion of fair use in a multi-media context. Their presentation will be followed by a discussion of what’s next in fair use, led by Brandon Butler.

Keynote presenters:

Patricia Aufderheide is University Professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C., and founder and co-director of the Center for Social Media there. She is the co-author with Peter Jaszi of Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright (University of Chicago Press, July 2011), and of Communications Policy in the Public Interest (Guilford Press, 1999). She heads the Fair Use and Free Speech research project at the Center, in conjunction with Prof. Peter Jaszi in American University’s Washington College of Law. She received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Minnesota.

Peter Jaszi is a professor of law at the American University Washington College of Law, teaching domestic and international copyright and supervising students in the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic. Jaszi is a Trustee of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., and a member of the editorial board of its journal. Since 2005, Jaszi has been working with Patricia Aufderheide of the American University’s Center for Social Media on projects designed to promote the understanding of fair use by documentary filmmaker and other use communities, including research libraries. Their book, Reclaiming Fair Use (Chicago), was published this year. Professor Jaszi received his A.B. from Harvard University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.


Brandon Butler is the director of public policy initiatives at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), a group of 126 major academic and research libraries in North America. His responsibilities there include analysis and advocacy regarding copyright, privacy and surveillance, free expression, and telecommunications. He also writes the ARL Policy Notes blog and the @ARLpolicy twitter account. Before working at ARL, he was an Associate in the Media and Information Technologies practice at the law firm Dow Lohnes PLLC in Washington, D.C.

For more information and to RSVP, contact 202-885-3847 or