I cannot imagine a definition of fair use that would not encompass the transformative uses made by Defendants’ MDP and would require that I terminate this invaluable contribution to the progress of science and cultivation of the arts that at the same time effectuates the ideals espoused by the ADA.
—  Judge Harold Baer, in his wonderful opinion in the HathiTrust case.
Vital Stats on the Code So Far...

So it’s been a little over a month since we released the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries, and I’m almost used to typing out that monster title! I’m also taking stock of how things are going, and I’m really, really excited. Take a look at these vital statistics.

In the first month since the Code came out, we have had:

  • 48,000 downloads of the Code PDF (13,000 on the first day),

  • 26,000 pageviews for the ARL code web pages (7,000 views on release day),

  • 1,500 visitors to the ARL Policy Notes blog entries on the Code

  • 1,300 people reached directly either via in-person events or live webcasts, including over

  • 680 participants in the National Association of College and University Attorneys webcast last week (at least 140 of which were member attorneys)

  • 750 print copies of the Code distributed to libraries

  • 7 major in-person events for librarians across the country: Los Angeles, Berkeley, Atlanta, Dallas, Baltimore, and Washington, DC, with standing-room-only events in many of these locations

  • tailored webcast events for library directors and for general counsels’ offices, as well as a general interest webcast event that attracted nearly 500 people on the day of the Code’s launch

We couldn’t ask for a much better reception, and we’re just getting started.


Video from a nice chat I had about #SOPA and #librarianscode with NCompass Live, a webcast for Nebraska librarians. We also touch on the Golan decision. All opinions are my own and not (necessarily) official ARL positions!


Part 2 of the #librarianscode event at UCLA: I talk about #fairuse in libraries and Peter and I describe the Code.


Video from the Standards and Strategies for Fair Use Decisions Inside Libraries and Universities program at Columbia University. #Librarianscode is the first topic!


Part 1 of our #librarianscode talk at UCLA: Peter Jaszi’s brief(ish) introduction to #fairuse