Yours, Mine, Ours? Copyright Ownership and IRs

An ALCTS webcast.

Assessing who owns intellectual property (IP) has become a global obsession and often a necessity in the university and library communities, particularly for copyrighted works. The intense focus on ownership has not altered a longstanding concern about managing copyright: misunderstandings can obscure principles of using copyrighted works and sometimes produce wayward IP policies allocating ownership of copyright in problematic ways. This conversation addresses principles of copyright ownership under U.S. copyright law and identifies possibilities for managing copyright for IRs.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion attendees will understand the principles of copyright ownership under U.S. copyright law and be able to identify possibilities for managing copyright for IRs.

Who Should Attend

Anyone with an interest in the topic or need for the information.


Dwayne K. Buttler ( serves as the first Evelyn J. Schneider Endowed Chair for Scholarly Communication at the University of Louisville and holds a faculty appointment as a Professor in University Libraries. Much of his work focuses on the complex interrelationship of copyright law, and activities at the core of the teaching, learning, and scholarly communication.

Professor Buttler earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis and holds a BA in Telecommunications from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. He teaches mass communication law at the University of Louisville and leads numerous invited presentations on copyright and scholarly communication for audiences of administrators, faculty, librarians, and scholars in the library and education communities.




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