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More digital tools for promoting access in the United States August 13, 2009

Posted by Heather Ford in Tools.

Picture 14Two more great copyright tools from Michael Brewer are the Fair Use Evaluator and the Exceptions for Instructors eTool. The Fair Use Evaluator enables librarians and educators to collect, organize and archive the information they might need to support a fair use evaluation in the United States. It also provides the user with a time-stamped PDF document for their records describing how they made the fair use decision (users are able to give arguments about fair use similarly to how they do this in the Wikipedia project). The Exceptions for Instructors eTool ‘guides users through the educational exceptions in U.S. copyright law, helping to explain and clarify rights and responsibilities for the performance and display of copyrighted content in traditional, distance and blended educational models’ (librarycopyright.net).

This can’t currently be used for South African fair dealing cases, but it would be wonderful if we could see it localised.


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