Library and Special Library Copyright Issues


Library and Special Library Copyright Issues is the name of an online course beginning 3 April 2014 (ending 28 April 2014) through Special Libraries Association’s Click University.

There are 3 webinars which are recorded, a discussion list, and a 10-question multiple choice quiz at the end of the course. Participants receive a certificate of completion.

The online course covers:

  • the rationale for specific provisions for libraries and others
  • existing library provisions and exemptions in various statutes:  U.S. Copyright Act, Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act (1998), DMCA and TEACH Act (special information will be provided for Canadian libraries)
  • Section 108 Study Group
  • fair use in general and in special libraries (i.e., the for-profit sector)
  • specific copyright issues in libraries including software use, interlibrary loan, electronic reserves, photocopying, document delivery services, corporate intranet content, digital archives, index and table of contents creation, preservation, digital libraries
  • the liability of a library when copying for others
  • reproductions on library premises by non-librarians
  • copyright warnings at photocopy machines, computers, etc.
  • working with copyright collectives like the Copyright Clearance Center
  • working with digital content vendors
  • relevant court cases including American Geophysical Union v. TexacoThe New York Times Co. v. TasiniLowry’s Reports v. Legg MasonCCH v. Law Society, and out-of-court settlements
  • the future role of librarians as copyright managers
The course examines these issues from a practical perspective with the goal of helping nonlawyers manage the copyright issues they face on a daily basis.


What participants say about the copyright management courses:

“In-depth discussion of Section 108 really helps [me] understand the special position of libraries in copyright law.”

“I did learn things that I did not know while taking this course.  All the information was presented in a very informative, understandable manner.”

“The blend of activities makes for a very effective learning situation. Having taken the earlier courses in the series, I wasn’t sure how much this one would offer but, there was a lot of new material and I learned several important things I didn’t know before taking the class.”

“The readings and the discussions were priceless.”


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