New technologies give rise to incredible new possibilities for libraries and the communities they serve – and yet, copyright law sometimes seems to get in the way of realizing all those exciting new potentials. In this course you’ll get a solid grounding in the basics of copyright law, with particular attention to legal issues relevant to libraries. You’ll also have opportunities to explore specific issues of interest to you in your daily work.
At a glance
- Copyright history and theory
- Basics of the US legal system
- Basics of copyright law
- Library & education exemptions
- Fair use
- How contracts/licenses and copyright interact
- Institutional risk tolerance and decision making
- Communicating about copyright with colleagues, and with library users
Regular participation in online discussions about readings; brief assignments/exercises in pairs; small final project applicable to your daily work.
Nancy Sims is the Copyright Librarian at the University of Minnesota Libraries. She is both a librarian (MLIS, Rutgers) and an attorney (JD, UMich; member of the MN bar), and she is fascinated by all the ways copyright increasingly intertwines with daily life activities.