Digitization and Copyright


Ready, Set, Digitize Series – South Central Regional Library Council (SCRLC)

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Location: Country Inn and Suites, Cortland, NY

Instructor: Peter B. Hirtle, CUL Intellectual Property Officer, Cornell University Library

Registration: $30/SCRLC and CLRC members; $35 non-members; (lunch and refreshments included.)

Support: This training is funded in part by Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

When selecting material for digitization, copyright law can be an area of great uncertainty and risk. Even in the best of circumstances, the copyright status of some material, or the legality of a repository making the material available on the Web, will be uncertain. This workshop will explore what other strategies a digitization program can follow to minimize the risks inherent when publishing material on the web.

Topics covered will include an introduction to basic copyright law and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, including “fair use” and “public domain” issues; methods for assessing the copyright status of materials; and issues associated with particular formats. We will also discuss what options you have to protect your own intellectual property.
Peter B. Hirtle is the Intellectual Property Officer for the Cornell University Library. Hirtle also serves as the bibliographer for United States and General History and is the Technology Strategist for the Library’s Instruction, Research, and Information Services Division. Previously, Hirtle served as Director of the Cornell Institute for Digital Collections where he explored the use of emerging technologies to expand access to cultural and scientific sources through the development and management of distinctive digital collections. Hirtle has an MA in History and an MLS with a concentration in archival science. He is a frequent speaker at professional meetings, and has taught workshops on the Internet, digital imaging, and copyright. He is a Fellow and Past President of the Society of American Archivists, and chairs its Working Group on Intellectual Property.

About the Ready Set, Digitize Series:

Ready, Set, Digitize is a series of one-day workshops cosponsored by SCRLC and CLRC (Central NY Library Resources Council). These training events are designed to develop a regional cadre of people able to digitize and manage resources to contribute to their libraries’ collections and the SCRLC regional repository. This training is funded in part by Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

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