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. Texaco, The New York Times Co. v. Tasini, Lowry’s Reports v. Legg Mason, CCH v. Law Society, and out-of-court settlements
- the future role of librarians as copyright managers
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.”