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Managing Copyright in Digital Collections eCourse
Linda Tadic
Item Number: 1541-9084
Publisher: ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions
Price: $175.00
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Synchronous and asynchronous eCourse beginning February 16, 2015 and continuing for 3 weeks
An ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourse facilitated by Linda Tadic

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Estimated Hours of Learning: 15
Certificate of Completion available upon request

Learning outcomes

By the end of this eCourse, you will be able to:

  • Determine whether a work is truly in the public domain by examining the metadata that should be used to make copyright determinations
  • Identify potential third-party (underlying) rights, research rights holders, and gain permissions
  • Assertively apply the four factors of fair use to works in all media

When you’re creating a digital collection or digitizing materials for preservation and access, you face a whole new set of copyright questions. In this 3-week eCourse, you will learn how to apply copyright to a variety of media and formats and make decisions with a project manager’s sensibility, enabling you to keep your projects on track. Linda Tadic, experienced in film, art and cultural object archives, will lead discussions, provide related readings and resources, and will also present three live webinars as part of the eCourse.

Save the date to attend the live webinars! (Please note that all sessions will be recorded and archived for those who cannot attend the live events.)
Session One: Friday, February 20 from 2:30-4:00pm Eastern/1:30-3:00pm Central/12:30-2:00pm Mountain/11:30am-1:00pm Pacific 

Session Two: Friday, February 27 from 2:30-3:30pm Eastern/1:30-2:30pm Central/12:30-1:30pm Mountain/11:30am-12:30pm Pacific

Session Three: Friday, March 6 from 2:30-3:30pm Eastern/1:30-2:30pm Central/12:30-1:30pm Mountain/11:30am-12:30pm Pacific

eCourse Outline

Week 1: Overview of copyright law sections applicable to libraries and archives’ digital projects

  • Overview of recent case law, with its contradictory or finely distinguished rulings
  • Discussion of Copyright law sections
    • Section 106: Essential rights of the creator
    • Section 107: Fair use
    • Section 108: Reproduction by libraries and archives
    • Section 110: Use of copyrighted material in face-to-face and long-distance instruction
    • Section 1201: Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and anti-circumvention exceptions
  • Public domain: definitions and special considerations
  • Live Session: Friday, February 20 from 2:30-4:00pm Eastern

Week 2: Third-party rights

  • How to analyze underlying or third-party rights based on a work’s form: text, still image, sound recording, moving image, and web-based content
  • Recommended online resources for finding rights holders and to clearing rights
  • Considerations for student theses and school yearbooks
  • Live Session: Friday, February 27 from 2:30-3:30pm Eastern

Week 3: Other applicable rights, orphan works, and due diligence

  • Privacy and publicity rights
  • Cultural sensitivities
  • Orphan works due diligence
  • Due diligence metadata.
  • Live Session: Friday, March 6 from 2:30-3:30pm Eastern

How this eCourse Works

The eCourse begins on February 16, 2015. Your participation will require approximately five hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to:
  • Read, listen to or view online content
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete weekly assignments or activities
Instructor Linda Tadic will monitor discussion boards regularly during the three-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on February 16 or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.
User Requirements

Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.

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About the Instructor

Linda Tadic has more than 30 years’ experience working with and managing audiovisual and digital collections. She was Principal Investigator for developing and writing the business plan for the Audiovisual Archive Network, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She is an adjunct professor in UCLA’s Moving Image Archive Studies graduate degree program, teaching courses in Access (including copyright) and Digital Asset Management. Her past positions include Manager of the Digital Library at Home Box Office (HBO), and Director of the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, one of the largest collections of broadcasting in the United States. She was Director of Operations for ARTstor, a subscription-based digital library of nearly 1,000,000 images of art, architecture, and cultural objects with contributions from around the globe. She holds an MLIS degree from University of California, Berkeley and an MFA from University of California, San Diego.


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