Copyright Issues for Digital Archives #1796  [A&D, DAS]


Thu, Apr 27, 2017
Society of California Archivists
Pasadena, CA

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Co-Sponsor: Society of California Archivists

Workshop Fees

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Workshop Agenda

Event Name Date & Time Instructors/Speakers & CEUs

Copyright Issues for Digital Archives #1796

Thu, Apr 27, 2017
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Heather Briston, MSI , J.D.

General CEU Credits: 0.75
Archival Recertification Credits-ARCs: 5
DAS Tactical & Strategic: 1
ICRM Certification Maintenance Program: 7
A&D Tactical & Strategic: 1

Workshop Description

This course covers copyright legal issues specific to archives of digital material. You'll examine the impact of electronic technologies on the long-held law and tenets of copyright, including digital rights management, and acquiring and advising on the use of rights in records. You'll look at the basic text of relevant federal statutes and significant case law, as well as examining case studies. While participants should be familiar with basic copyright law, a very brief review of copyright essentials will be provided to ground the discussion. The focus of the day will be on how to think through and identify options for resolving the most commonly-encountered copyright legal issues around electronic records.

Upon completion of this course you’ll be able to:

  • Recognize and discuss common legal issues relating to copyright issues in general and for digital archives in particular;
  • Interpret these issues from an archivist's perspective;
  • Realize when ingested records pose possible copyright legal issues;
  • Identify, employ, analyze and compare the ramifications of a variety of legal steps that you might take to prevent or address one of the legal issues; and,
  • Communicate and work more effectively with your legal counsel and administration.

Who should attend?  Archivists and others who need to address copyright legal issues relating to the digital archives of their institutions.

What should you know?  You should have intermediate to advanced knowledge of archival practices and basic knowledge of copyright law and application in archives, including an understanding of the basic copyright terms typically found in donor or deed of gift agreements.

This course is part of both the Arrangement & Description (A&D) Certificate Program and the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Certificate Program. If you intend to pursue either certificate, you will need to pass the DAS examination for this course.


When participants were asked “what aspect of the workshop methods/materials was most valuable to you?” responses included:

  • “This is an excellent workshop; I can't believe that this was the first time that it was given! The instructor used her recent real-life experience which was invaluable for the students.”
  • “I really enjoyed the information at the end of the booklet; the PowerPoint slides were great too. I’m happy to have these resources on hand!”
  • “Thanks, it was very informative!” -Anne Graham

Attendance is limited to 35.