I find it interesting when organizations forget about fair use when they establish copyright policies. It is especially interesting when the organization is educational in nature, like the University of Southern California.
I think it is necessary to counter blanket statements about copyright with information about the nuances contained within the laws. One place to start is the Copyright and Fair Use page on the ALA site.
But more important is our being observant when our rights are being ignored. Pointing out the exceptions in policies, signs and statements is necessary. If people don’t understand what they are allowed under copyright law, can they truly understand what they are not allowed?
initial link from Open Access News