January 13-18, 2014 was dubbed Copyright Week by several organizations including the Electronic Frontier Federation, Creative Commons, Association of Research Libraries and others. January 18 was the anniversary of the SOPA/PIPA blackouts of 2012. The principles for each day with their supporting links are interesting food for thought.
Public Domain Day celebrates when copyright expires on works. Unfortunately, US copyright does not expire on ANY works until 2019! I found this blog post about Public Domain Day interesting: What is, what could have been, and what should be done, by Kevin Smith on Scholarly Communications @ Duke
The American Association of University Profressors posted a draft of Academic Freedom and Electronic Communications in November 2013. The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) commented on this document urging more attention to author options to retain their rights under copyright when publishing and the importance of fair use in the full exercise of academic freedom. Fulltext of ACRL comments [2 pages]
Highly recommended webinar: Helping Students Make Sense of Fair Use, presented by Sue Kunda. This is a presentation for librarians but I think it would be useful for anyone working with students doing writing or digital projects. It's about 1 hour long but, if you are pushed for time, you can start at minute 5 and stop about minute 46 (before the q & a period). The slides are also available. The speaker recommends a book which we have in the library both in paper and online (via eMO subscription): Copyright clarity : how fair use supports digital learning, by Renee Hobbs.