Managing copyright issues with the goal of copyright compliance is a task that many shy away from. It is generally the role of the nonlawyer to lead the copyright management issues. It is a role that many librarians and others are “forced” to accept though some librarians welcome the task.
Copyright management is a personal journey; no two people and no two organizations manage copyright in the same manner. Everyone has different circumstances and different situations, different people and different cultures – how one manages copyright depends on your particular circumstances. Whatever those circumstances, copyright management is a journey and does not have a specific start and finish. Being flexible and forward thinking is part of this journey.
Copyright Compliance Checklist
The purpose of copyright management is compliance with copyright law. A short checklist to get you started includes:
- Centralize your copyright issues rather than have them spread throughout your organization.
- Learn as much as you can about copyright law (above photograph is from one of the classes in the Certificate in Copyright Management program.)
- Understand that copyright compliance is about risk management and not always having clear answers to copyright questions.
- Understand how permissions, licenses and copyright work together.
- Develop practical management tools like a written permissions procedure and copyright compliance guidelines.