Library Hosts Discussion of Fair Use in Harrison-Small Auditorium, February 27

February 26–March 2 is Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week, an annual global celebration of the right to use copyrighted material in certain instances without seeking permission. Please join the Library in celebrating your rights, with a panel discussion “The State of the Remix @ UVA,” Tuesday, February 27, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., in the auditorium of the Harrison Institute and Albert Small Special Collections Library.

UVA Library Director of Information Policy Brandon Butler will moderate a lively exchange between scholars, teachers, and students, discussing the state of media remix and re-use at UVA and the crucial role of free, unlicensed use of copyright-protected works (movies, songs, TV shows, etc.) for critique, commentary, and in some cases for making new creative work. Remix takes existing media and alters or combines it with other media to create new meaning—a practice that copyright would dramatically hinder if it weren’t for fair use. Find out who needs remix, and how well the law works in 2018.

Steph Ceraso, Assistant Professor of Digital Writing and Rhetoric in the English Department at the University of Virginia, will describe her class on Remix, and her students will present their own critical remix videos.

Siva Vaidhyanathan, Robertson Professor of Modern Media Studies, Dept. of Media Studies, will give a talk on the relationships between remix and copyright law.

Jack Hamilton, Assistant Professor of Media Studies, and A.D. Carson, Assistant Professor of Hip Hop and the Global South, McIntire Dept. of Music, will discuss the history and current state of sampling and remix in music.

Learn how the doctrine of fair use impacts their lives, and yours, as critics, scholars, fans, and creators.

Moderator Brandon Butler will frame the discussion with some context about the state of fair use law and policy, and the importance of fair use in the everyday lives of faculty and students at UVA.

The event is free and open to the public. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

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