CODE OF BEST PRACTICES IN FAIR USE FOR ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH LIBRARIES
It is fair use to create topically based collections of websites and other material
from the Internet and to make them available for scholarly use.
• Captured material should be represented as it was captured, with appropriate
information on mode of harvesting and date.
• To the extent reasonably possible, the legal proprietors of the sites in question
should be identiﬁed according to the prevailing conventions of attribution.
• Libraries should provide copyright owners with a simple tool for registering
objections to making items from such a collection available online, and
respond to such objections promptly.
• Claims of fair use relating to material posted with “bot exclusion” headers
to ward off automatic harvesting may be stronger when the institution has
adopted and follows a consistent policy on this issue, taking into account
the possible rationales for collecting Internet material and the nature of the
material in question.
• The more comprehensive a collection of web impressions in a given topic area
is, the more persuasively the inclusion of any given item can be characterized
as fair use.
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