Copyright law can be a drag, especially when all you want to use that awesome image you found Online for is to perfectly accompany your blog post, or to make an informative yet visually pleasing PowerPoint presentation for your class...

Good thing for us there's a little something called Fair Use in the U.S. [and Fair Dealing in Canada], which ​​is a legal exception to copyright that allows the use of copyrighted materials without permission from the holder under certain circumstances.  For educational institutions, libraries and the public, the fair use doctrine is the most important limitation on the rights of the copyright owner. Its flexibility not only balances copyright law but also allows it to adapt to new technologies - not to mention it accommodates freedom of speech and expression!

Given we most likely utilize fair use on a daily basis as students, faculty, librarians, etc., SVA Library figured why not celebrate Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week by sharing more info about it! Visit to learn more!

An image featuring the fair use week logo in blue.