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August 16, 2010

Submitted by alycia on Mon, 08/16/2010 - 17:04
  • Intellectual Freedom and Social Responsibility in American Librarianship, 1967-1974 by Toni Samek
  • "Permission" vs. Fair Use: Today I was confronted by a security guard about copyright.

    And my first reaction was to lie; "yes, I have permission to photograph this..." since it's total and utter fair use for me to make a copy of these journals that that friends have written long ago, that I can't get from any other institution in full, instead of photocopying them, for my scholarly research. And I should be free to do this cheaply, as a photocopy is 10 cents/page, whereas space on my already-purchased camera is free...
    It was a strange inside/outside moment, where I wanted to say that I was a librarian and that I understood why the rules exist, but also that they were really silly rules and I wasn't violating them. The guard told me that I couldn't take photos of an entire book (I was photographing at a few periodicals, but hey), and that I needed permission from a librarian to make copies or photograph. I filled out a form and was then able to take as many pictures as I wanted in a special free speech/free photography zone.

    I should have just brought in the Book Liberator and set up shop.

    Seriously, though, a security guard who handles intellectual property issues?!

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