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Office for Scholarly Communication wins News Challenge award

Harvard Library’s Copyright First Responders and the Library Innovation Lab have won the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight News Challenge on Libraries Prototype Award for their collaborative project, “Can I Fair Use It? Crowdsourcing Fair Use Knowledge.” The pilot project will test a new way to connect library users with subject experts via text messaging. 

The Copyright First Responders will collect fair use scenarios from individuals, libraries, and legal aid organizations and then text these scenarios to legal experts, who will reply with a brief prediction as to whether or not they are fair use. The results will be summarized and sent back to the library user. This new method of crowdsourcing copyright expertise will identify areas where fair use is allowed while also shedding light on areas that need legal reform.

Article written by Harvard Library Communications.

Article published on June 29, 2016.