Submissions:2024/The legal basis of the English Wikipedia's fair use policy explained

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The legal basis of the English Wikipedia's fair use policy explained

Type of session:

Lecture (15-30 min)

Session theme(s):

Legal & Advocacy


Outside of copyright law, fair use ("fair dealing" in common-law countries other than the U.S.) is a concept poorly understood. Not all Wikipedians, even, are familiar with how it works, even as they may be familiar with its application to images through our non-free content policy. I myself (not a lawyer either, but I do work on a lot of law articles) was not familiar with the legal underpinnings behind some of its requirements until I began writing articles about some of the specific U.S. court cases that underlie those requirements. In this session we will explore the law of fair use in the U.S., both in statute and case law, how it affects the English Wikipedia's fair use policy and how it may in the future

Author name(s):

Daniel Case

Wikimedia username(s):

Daniel Case

E-mail address:

Affiliated organization(s):

Wikimedia-New York City

Able to attend without scholarship?


Estimated length of session

20 minutes

Will you be presenting remotely?

Okay to livestream?

Livestreaming is okay

Previously presented?

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