MARAC is sponsoring a workshop on copyright fundamentals for archivists and librarians (PDF) on Thursday, March 7, 2013, from 9:00-am to 4:00 pm at the Buena Vista Conference and Reception Center in New Castle, Delaware. The workshop will be led by Cornell University Library’s Peter Hirtle. The cost is $85.
Even in the best of times, the uncertain copyright status of archival and special collection materials makes many archivists and librarians uncomfortable. As more and more repositories think about making material available on the web, anxiety about possible copyright infringement increases. This workshop will explore what strategies special collections can follow to minimize the risks inherent when reproducing and distributing unique and/or unpublished material. Topics covered will include an introduction to basic copyright law and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act; exemptions to copyright such as fair use and the specific exemptions for libraries and archives; methods for assessing the copyright status of materials; and issues associated with particular formats. Attendees should leave with a better understanding of the basics of copyright and be in a better position to work with senior administrators to establish a mutually acceptable level of institutional risk.