Can I Fair Use It? Crowdsourcing Fair Use Knowledge
Expanding fair use of library materials by texting fair use scenarios to a pool of experts and sharing their responses.
Describe your project.
Fair use is fundamental to research, teaching, news reporting, and free speech — but what does it really allow?
In this project we will:
* Gather fair use scenarios from libraries, legal aid organizations, and individuals using a self-guided questionnaire.
* Text the scenarios to groups of legal experts. Each attorney will text back a one-line prediction: would a court find the scenario to be fair use?
* Aggregate those predictions into a summary and return them to the user.
For the pilot, we will build and test a technical prototype with real users. We will publish a curated set of fair use questions and answers, and a research paper that evaluates the effectiveness, scalability, and limitations of our approach.
How does this project advance the library field?
More copyright questions arrive at the library each year. Libraries are beacons for the open sharing of ideas — but in the 21st century, sharing ideas means navigating copyright. Libraries must take the lead in narrowing copyright's gray areas.
Our project will:
* Identify areas where fair use is unambiguously allowed, broadening library use.
* Identify areas where fair use requires legal reform.
* Test a new crowdsourcing approach for libraries to connect patrons with subject matter experts.
Who is the audience and what are their information needs?
The audience includes:
* Librarians and patrons who want to make broader use of copyrighted work.
* Library copyright officers and copyright attorneys who want to provide better advice.
* Advocates who want to find areas where copyright (or other legal doctrines) can be improved.
* Libraries that want new ways to gather and share information from subject matter experts.
Please list your team members and their qualifications.
This is a joint project of:
* The Harvard Library's Copyright First Responders, a team working to advance teaching, learning, and scholarship through community engagement with copyright. (https://osc.hul.harvard.edu/programs/copyright/first-responders/)
* The Harvard Library Innovation Lab, a design and development lab working in the Harvard Law School Library. (http://librarylab.law.harvard.edu/)
Organization name and location (City, State).
Harvard Library Innovation Lab and Harvard Library Copyright First Responders