Emerging Issues in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Public Libraries

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 (All day)

2pm Eastern (11am Pacific | 12pm Mountain | 1pm Central)

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Copyright issues may be familiar territory to those working in academic libraries, but a discussion of copyright and intellectual property is not as common in the public library setting. Although it seems to play a background role in the services that public libraries perform, copyright law gives public libraries the legal standing to perform traditional services such as lending books. As public libraries begin to expand these traditional services to embrace digitization and makerspaces, for example, a thorough review of copyright will provide valuable insight into possible issues they may face.

This session will begin with a discussion of copyright law, especially where it directly mentions the services that public libraries provide. This discussion will also include a review of fair use and its relation to copyright. Next, the session will investigate how public libraries can approach copyright and other intellectual property issues through best practices as they offer new technologies and services such as makerspaces, digitization, and assistive devices.

About the Presenter:
Ben Bryson developed an interest in intellectual property issues while earning his M.S. in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University. He was able to further indulge this interest by participating in the Spring 2014 cohort of the CopyrightX course offered through Harvard Law School and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Ben currently serves as Assistant Director of the Marshes of Glynn Libraries. He previously worked at Coastal Pines Technical College (formerly Altamaha Technical College) as Assistant Director of Library Services and Reference & Instruction Librarian. He has led presentations on copyright at a variety of professional meetings and has assisted in the creation of institutional copyright policies and procedures.

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