What was the Gentleman's Agreement and how did librarians shape it? A deep history of libraries, publishers and fair use
by MARY MINOW
LibraryLaw Blog, publication date: 20 March 2006
"If you're interested in libraries and copyright, you'll want to read Peter's forthcoming article: Peter Hirtle, Research, Libraries and Fair Use: The Gentleman's Agreement of 1935. The Gentleman's Agreement was a landmark fair use agreement -- consensual voluntary guidelines that allowed libraries, archives and museums to make copies back in the days when microfilm threatened the status quo of hand copying."