Managing copyright in digital collections

For Immediate Release
Tue, 12/23/2014


Dan Freeman

eLearning Manager

ALA Publishing

ALA Publishing

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Managing Copyright in Digital Collections. Linda Tadic will serve as the instructor for this three-week facilitated eCourse starting on Feb. 16, 2015.

When you’re creating a digital collection or digitizing materials for preservation and access, you face a whole new set of copyright questions. In this three-week eCourse, you will learn how to apply copyright to a variety of media and formats and make decisions with a project manager’s sensibility, enabling you to keep your projects on track. Tadic, experienced in film, art and cultural object archives, will lead discussions, provide related readings and resources and will also present three live webinars as part of the eCourse.

By the end of this eCourse, you will be able to:

  • determine whether a work is truly in the public domain by examining the metadata that should be used to make copyright determinations;
  • identify potential third-party (underlying) rights, research rights holders, and gain permissions;
  • assertively apply the four factors of fair use to works in all media.

Save the date to attend the live webinars! (Please note that all sessions will be recorded and archived for those who cannot attend the live events.)

  • Session One: Friday, Feb. 20 from 2:30 - 4 p.m. Eastern/1:30-3 p.m. Central
  • Session Two: Friday, Feb. 27 from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern/1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Central
  • Session Three: Friday, March 6 from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern/1:30-2:30 p.m. Central

eCourse outline

Week 1: Overview of copyright law sections applicable to libraries and archives’ digital projects

  • Overview of recent case law, with its contradictory or finely distinguished rulings
  • Discussion of Copyright law sections
    • Section 106: Essential rights of the creator
    • Section 107: Fair use
    • Section 108: Reproduction by libraries and archives
    • Section 110: Use of copyrighted material in face-to-face and long-distance instruction
    • Section 1201: Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and anti-circumvention exceptions
  • Public domain: definitions and special considerations
  • Live Session: Friday, February 20 from 2:30-4:00pm Eastern

Week 2: Third-party rights

  • How to analyze underlying or third-party rights based on a work’s form: text, still image, sound recording, moving image, and web-based content
  • Recommended online resources for finding rights holders and to clearing rights
  • Considerations for student theses and school yearbooks
  • Live Session: Friday, February 27 from 2:30-3:30pm Eastern

Week 3: Other applicable rights, orphan works, and due diligence

  • Privacy and publicity rights
  • Cultural sensitivities
  • Orphan works due diligence
  • Due diligence metadata.
  • Live Session: Friday, March 6 from 2:30-3:30pm Eastern

About the Instructor

Linda Tadic has more than 30 years of experience working with and managing audiovisual and digital collections. She was principal investigator for developing and writing the business plan for the Audiovisual Archive Network, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She is an adjunct professor in UCLA’s Moving Image Archive Studies graduate degree program, teaching courses in Access (including copyright) and Digital Asset Management. Her past positions include manager of the Digital Library at Home Box Office (HBO), and director of the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, one of the largest collections of broadcasting in the United States. She was director of operations for ARTstor, a subscription-based digital library of nearly 1,000,000 images of art, architecture and cultural objects with contributions from around the globe. She holds an MLIS degree from University of California, Berkeley and an MFA from University of California, San Diego.

Registration for this ALA Editions facilitated eCourse, which begins on Feb. 16, can be purchased at the ALA Store. Participants in this course will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message board participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (MP3 files), and downloading and viewing PDF and PowerPoint files.

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