University Libraries Celebrate Fair Use Week

By Marketing and Communications | 01-24-2020


COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS (January 24, 2020) – The Texas A&M University Libraries are pleased to announce they are hosting two events to celebrate Fair Use Week from Feb. 24 to Feb. 28, 2020. Fair Use Week is to acknowledge the important doctrine of fair use (or fair dealing in other countries). This year, the Libraries are hosting Texas A&M University School of Law professor Glynn S. Lunney Jr. on Tues., Feb. 25, who will be speaking on “fair use and the citizen author.”

Lunney teaches and writes primarily in the field of intellectual property, with a focus on the economic analysis of legal issues, and is an internationally known scholar. His recent book, Copyright’s Excess: Music and Money in the U.S. Recording Industry, presents the first comprehensive empirical examination of the relationship between copyright, money, and creative output. Lunney holds a joint appointment at the Texas A&M University School of Law and the College of Engineering.

The speaking event will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Tues., Feb. 25, 2020 in Evans Library, Room 204E. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.

The second event the Libraries will be hosting is a tour of its new Studio on the 6th floor of the Evans Library Annex. The Studio was created to provide students with specialized services for creating multimedia projects. In The Studio, students can record audio and video, edit their projects and use other tools that will enhance the multimedia editing processes.

The Libraries’ goal of its Fair Use Week’s events is to share about creating works and projects, and to show students how they can create projects using the rooms and equipment provided by The Studio.

Fair use is an exception to the exclusive rights of creators under copyright law, which allows people to utilize copyrighted material without permission from the creator, in certain situations. Adapting copyright to new technologies, fair use promotes progress in the areas of art and science. Students, faculty and librarians use fair use almost daily, and may not realize how it assists with the advancement of learning and research. Because of this, the Association of Research Libraries has worked with libraries around the world to spend one week each year to discuss and promote this doctrine at hand.

Media Contact: Lauren Waugh, 979-458-2420, laurenw@library.tamu.edu