Best Practices for Fair Use in Poetry


The Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute has worked with American University's Center for Social Media and its Washington College of Law to create the "Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Poetry." Devised specifically by and for the poetry community, this best practices code serves as a guide to reasonable and appropriate uses of copyrighted materials in new and old media. "This document," says project advisor Lewis Hyde, "brings wonderful clarity to the otherwise opaque world of poetry permissions. It is a useful tool that should serve poets, critics, and publishers alike." HMPI thanks all of the poets who gave so freely of their time and experiences to help make this document possible. It is available for free below as well as at the Center for Social Media.

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