Copyright Issues for Digital Archives #1824  [A&D, DAS]


Thu, Sep 21, 2017
Michigan State University Libraries
East Lansing, MI

Additional details

Early-Bird Registration Deadline: August 29, 2017

Co-Sponsor: Michigan State University Libraries University Archives & Historical Collections


Lodging & Travel Information

Candlewood Suites East Lansing
3545 Forest Road
Lansing, MI 48910

Workshop Fees

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Workshop Agenda

Event Name Date & Time Instructors/Speakers & CEUs

Copyright Issues for Digital Archives #1824

Thu, Sep 21, 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 examine case studies. 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.

To obtain the A&D certificate, you must take either Copyright Issues for Digital Archives or Privacy and Confidentiality Issues in Digital Archives.

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
  • 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.

DAS Core Competency:

2. Communicate and define terminology, requirements, roles, and responsibilities related to digital archives to a variety of stakeholders.

If you intend to pursue the DAS Certificate, you will need to pass the examination for this course.

A&D Core Competency:

4. Management: Demonstrate ability to manage physical and intellectual control over archival materials.

7. Risk Management: Analyze threats and implement measures to minimize ethical and institutional risks.

If you intend to pursue the A&D Certificate, you will need to pass the 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. 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!"
  • "[The instructor] made the boring topic of copyright engaging, which I never thought was possible."
  • "The instructor was clear and knowledgeable and lively. She made excellent use of our time. I left with lots of new information and lots of resources to refer to in the future."

Attendance is limited to 35.