An Insider’s Look at the U.S. Copyright Office

This program has been cancelled.


Most people have heard of the U.S. Copyright Office, which is part of the Library of Congress.  But how much do you really know about it?  And wouldn’t it be great to get an insider’s view of how it works, plus a tour of one of Washington, D.C.’s, most beautiful buildings?  Information professionals, publishers, and others will benefit from this unique day in the nation’s capital.  Be among the few who get access to Copyright Office staff members and hear their perspectives about what goes on in the Office.  As part of your experience, you’ll learn how you can benefit from the many resources the Copyright Office has to offer.

The course is divided into two parts.  The first part is a 90-minute webinar accompanied by a list of recommended reading, which will enhance your visit to the Copyright Office.  The second part is a day-long “live” visit to the Copyright Office, where a variety of prominent staff will share their knowledge and provide you with an opportunity to ask your specific questions.  An optional lunchtime tour of the extraordinary Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress is available.

This course will provide history about the Copyright Office, information about the Office and how it determines what’s copyrightable and what’s not, and a first-hand update on the newly announced revision of the U.S. Copyright Act.  Participants will learn about the copyright registration process; using the Copyrights database to search for copyright records; permitted uses of copyright works; the hype on notices of termination; why Donovan, the Boss and the Jackson 5 are reclaiming their copyrights; and much more!  This is a unique and rare opportunity not to be missed.

Critical Learning Questions:

  • What is the role of the U.S. Copyright Office in domestic copyright issues as well as in global copyright issues?
  • How can my organization benefit from the services of the U.S. Copyright Office, and how can the Office help in researching copyright issues and find the information I need?
  • What are the current legislative copyright issues, and what copyright issues are currently being studied by the U.S. Copyright Office?
  • What other initiatives by the U.S. Copyright Office do I need to know about?

This course is complementary to (though not a requirement for) the nine courses in the Certificate in Copyright Management program.

Who Should Attend:
Information professionals, researchers, editors, publishers, rights clearance professionals, copyright compliance officers, and others who create, distribute and/or use copyright-protected materials.  This program is best for those with a basic understanding of U.S. copyright law.

About the Presenter:
Lesley Ellen Harris has been active in SLA for several years, speaking at SLA conferences, teaching Click University courses, and writing the ”Info Rights” column on copyright and licensing issues in SLA’s Information Outlook. She has also served on SLA’s Public Policy Advisory Council.  Lesley currently serves on the Council of Canadian Academies’ Expert Panel on Memory Institutions and the Digital Revolution.

Lesley works with libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, and for-profit and non-profit organizations to create content and educational materials, including copyright FAQs and briefing papers; write documents/briefs on copyright policies and guidelines and permissions procedures; provide customized copyright and licensing training; conduct copyright audits; and consult on copyright compliance measures.  She is the author of Canadian Copyright Law, 4th edition (to be published by Wiley in October 2013), Digital Property: Currency of the 21st Century, and Licensing Digital Content: A Practical Guide for Librarians.  She also publishes the Copyright & New Media Law Newsletter.

*Note:  Participant registration is limited to 45

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