Copyright Law for Librarians

Copyright Laws

Do libraries have different copyright laws than other institutions or organizations? And are nonprofit and for profit libraries treated differently in the eyes of the copyright law? Where are some resources to read more about copyright law and librarians?

For several years now, I have been writing a column for Information Outlook, a publication of the Special Libraries Association (SLA). Some recent columns (see list below) are now posted in the Resources section at Copyrightlaws.com. Future columns will be posted as they are published in Information Outlook.

The SLA is a nonprofit organization for information professionals and their strategic partners. The SLA has more than 9,000 members in 75 countries in the information profession, including corporate, academic and government information specialists. The SLA offers a Certificate in Copyright Management program. The columns I write for the SLA reflect the copyright issues that arise in SLA member organizations and beyond.

Select Info Rights Columns Published in Information Outlook

July/August 2013: Congress Begins Review of U.S. Copyright Act

May/June 2013: Complying with Copyright When Using Social Media

July/August 2012: Volunteers are Copyright Owners, Too!

May/June 2012: US Copyright Law Refresher

March/April 2012: Using Primary and Secondary Resources to Understand Copyright Legislation

December 2011:  The U.S. Copyright Office: The Next Two Years

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