U.S. Copyright Law in the Library: A Beginner's Guide
The library is a hub of content, all of it subject to copyright law. The legal reality of copyright is dynamic—changes in technology have created a landscape that is constantly adapting and can be difficult to predict. If you don't have any formal training in copyright law, it can be intimidating to know how to answer your patrons' copyright questions and to know what you can and cannot do with your library’s content and resources. It can be tough to understand the line between providing information and answering a legal question.
In this eCourse, consultant, speaker, writer, and educator Jill Hurst-Wahl guides you through the basics of copyright law and provides you with the foundation to become your library's copyright expert.
Each week, you'll learn how copyright law informs what libraries, library staff, and patrons can do with their materials and how you can stay up-to-date as this area evolves. You'll be able to check and affirm your knowledge through focused self-assessments.
After participating in this course, you will be able to
- Explain the basics of copyright law
- Evaluate whether or not a work is copyrightable
- Determine if a work is still under copyright protection
- Appraise whether a work can be used under Fair Use
- Understand how to locate additional information on U.S. Copyright Law
- Assist a member of the community or library staff in understanding the real meaning of Fair Use
Jill Hurst-Wahl is a consultant, speaker, writer, and educator. She is the president of Hurst Associates, Ltd. and professor emerita in Syracuse University's School of Information Studies. Her interest in copyright law began as a corporate librarian and grew as she became involved in projects where understanding the law was critical. At Syracuse University, she taught graduate classes in copyright for MSLIS students. She has given numerous workshops and webinars on copyright and its use in libraries. Besides copyright, Jill's interests include ensuring that libraries understand their communities and are meeting the needs those communities have.
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