Freedom of access to information, freedom of speech, and freedom of expression are foundational for most librarians. Library associations worldwide support these tenets as basic to the profession. These freedoms form the basis of a democratic society and an informed citizenry; they're not just library ideals. When it comes to fair use, the legal situation can be confusing. It can be difficult to determine at what point fair use, intellectual property rights, and freedom of access to information collide. Information professionals should be on the front lines of defending fair use, freedom of speech, and freedom of access to information, while also guarding intellectual property rights and privacy.
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