Monday, August 1 • 9:00am - 5:00pm
Copyright Law for Archivists: A Risk Assessment Approach #1710 (Day 1 of 2) FULL

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Fees: Advance / Regular
SAA Members: $295 / $335
Employees of SAA Member Institutions: $335 / $365
Nonmembers: $375 / $425

Course Description
(2 days, 1.5 CEUs, 10 ARCs)

When is it safe to take a risk? When it comes to copyright, that is a hard question to answer. There is no doubt that copyright rules can sometimes be onerous for archivists. What does one do when even a moderate adherence to the provisions of copyright law seems to inhibit such basic archival work as preservation, reference service, and digitization for external access? Is it worth taking the risk that your decision might land your repository in court? Will your institution back you up if that happens? 

This two-day workshop combines a detailed look at copyright basics with a risk-management approach for archivists to use in assessing their own collections and institutional circumstances. He will show where there can be room to maneuver by explaining the law’s sometimes complex facets, and he will help archivists learn how to determine whether there are existing exceptions and limitations they can use. The ultimate goal is to enable archivists to fulfill their fundamental purpose—achieving as wide a use as possible of their collections.

Upon completion of this course, you'll be able to:

  • Recognize the complex issues relating to authors’, owners’, and users’ rights in intellectual property 

  • Obtain grounding in the historical rationale for copyright law, including major legislative and judicial developments 

  • Discover the relevance of U.S. federal law to archives and manuscript collections 

  • Examine the current law 

  • Determine the sequence of decision-making steps needed to manage copyright issues 

Who Should Attend?: Archivists and other professionals who have copyright concerns; participants are invited to submit specific questions related to copyright up to two weeks prior to the workshop start date

Attendance is limited to 35.


William Maher

University Archivist, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
William Maher is a past president of SAA, a member of its Intellectual Property Working Group and a regular representative of SAA at WIPO. He is the instructor for SAA's course Copyright: The Archivist and the Law.

Monday August 1, 2016 9:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Room 206/207 Hilton Atlanta, 255 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303