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Copyright & Electronic Resource Management eCourse
Lesley Ellen Harris
Item Number: 978-0-8389-9166-4
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $153.00
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This self-paced tutorial is organized in 16 Lessons and estimated to be 8 hours of instruction. This eCourse is licensed for single-site use.

Whether purchasing electronic resources from publishers, publishing blogs, or managing Flickr sites, library staff work with digital content every day. Understanding the basics of copyright as it applies to these resources can save the library trouble down the road. This Copyright & Electronic Resource Management eCourse will help you learn the legal, strategic, and practical implications of using, publishing, and re-distributing licensed digital content.
eCourse Outline

E-Lesson 1: Understanding Digital Content
  • The Process of Digitization
  • What is Digital Content?
  • Who Creates and Owns Digital Content?
  • Who Uses Digital Content?
  • Why Does Digital Content Need to be “Managed”?
  • Digital Rights Management

E-Lesson 2: The Interplay Between Copyright Law and Digital Content
  • Basic Copyright Law Concepts and Principles
  • Copyright Does Not Protect Ideas
  • Works Protected by Copyright
  • Automatic Copyright Protection
  • The © Symbol         
  • The Duration of Copyright
  • The Meaning of Public Domain
  • Ownership of a Copyright-Protected Work
  • The Rights of a Copyright Owner
  • Moral Rights
  • Exceptions to Copyright Law
  • Transferring Rights
  • What is a Creative Commons License?

E-Lesson 3: Specific Digital Copyright Issues
  • Protected Digital Content
  • DMCA-Type Laws
  • Specific Digital Uses
  • E-Mail
  • Framing
  • Linking Discussion Lists, Bulletin Boards and Newsgroups
  • Search Engine Use
  • Scanning
  • Web Site Content
  • Social Networking Sites
  • Using Licensed Content

E-Lesson 4: The Relevancy of International Copyright Law
  • International Copyright Law
  • National Treatment
  • Automatic Protection
  • Duration of Copyright
  • Different Countries, Different Laws
  • Digital Copyright Treaties

E-Lesson 5: Technology and Licensed Content
  • Digital Rights Management
  • Encryption and Watermarking
  • Laws Protecting DRM
  • Digital Object Identifier
  • Payment Systems
  • Working With Technologies

E-Lesson 6: What are Digital Rights or Electronic Rights?
  • How to Define E-Rights
  • Securing Non-E-Rights
  • Licenses v. Assignments
  • License Agreement
  • Privity of Contract

Lesson 7: How to License Digital Content
  • Traditional v. Digital Content Layers of Rights
  • Locating Copyright Owners
  • Unlocatable Copyright Owners
  • Copyright CollectivesDigital Rights Management (“DRM”)

Lesson 8: Learning to Negotiate Licenses
  • What is a negotiation?
  • Preparing for Negotiations
  • The Negotiations
  • Negotiating the Value of Digital Content

Lesson 9: Licensing Content:  Specific Clauses
  • Definition of Content
  • Licensor
  • Licensee
  • Exclusivity
  • Rights
  • Definitions
  • Licensor Obligations
  • Licensee Obligations
  • Payment Mode
  • Length of License and Renewal
  • Permitted Uses
  • Authorized Users

Lesson 10: Licensing Content:  Standard Clauses
  • Confidential Information
  • Warranties
  • Indemnity and Limitation of Liability
  • Remedies
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Force Majeure
  • Governing Law
  • Amendments
  • Complete Agreement

Lesson 11: Developing a Written Licensing Strategy Policy
  • The Ideal Licensing Strategy Policy
  • Your Institution’s Policy
  • Ask Questions
  • Further Issues
  • Developing a Policy

Lesson 12: Monitoring Legal Uses of Licensed Digital Content
  • What a Digital License Enables/Requires the Licensee To Do
  • Complying with the Terms and Conditions of the License
  • Your Institution’s Role in Preventing Unauthorized Uses
  • Spotting Illegal Content
  • Tracking Usage

Lesson 13: What To Do If You Are Accused Of Infringing Copyright
  • You’re Accusing Us of What?   What Exactly is Copyright Infringement?
  • Moral Rights Infringement
  • Determine the Validity of the Claim
  • Is it a Breach of Contract?
  • Contact A Lawyer

E-Lesson 14: How To Avoid Copyright Infringements By Your Institution And End Users
  • Use Legal Content
  • Kinds of Permission
  • Steps to Decrease Your Risk of Copyright Infringement
  • Specific Legislation

Lesson 15: Managing Licensed Content
  • Centralizing Personnel
  • Reviewing Current
  • Procedures
  • Auditing Licensed Content
  • A Database of Digital Content

Lesson 16: Planning for the Future of Digital Content
  • Understanding Content Now
  • Monitor Changes
  • Flexible License Agreements
  • Trial Content
  • Educate Employees
  • Auditing Content
  • Licensing Policy
  • DRM’s
  • Copyright Collectives

About Lesley Ellen Harris

Lesley Ellen Harris is a copyright, licensing, and digital property lawyer who consults on legal, business, policy, and strategic issues in the publishing, entertainment, Internet, and information industries. Since 1991 her practice has served a broad range of clients, and she frequently works with libraries, archives, museums, and educational institutions. She often speaks at conferences, and teaches in-person and online courses on copyright and licensing through and in conjunction with national and regional associations in Canada and the United States. Harris began her career in copyright in 1984 working with a lobbying group interested in revising Canada’s copyright laws. From 1987 to 1991 she was senior copyright officer with the Canadian government, in which capacity she helped revise the country’s copyright laws. Harris is the author of the books Digital Property: Currency of the 21st Century (1997), Canadian Copyright Law (3rd ed., 2001), Licensing Digital Content: A Practical Guide for Librarians (1st ed., 2002), and numerous articles. Since 1997 she has been the editor of The Copyright and New Media Law Newsletter. She maintains the website and the blog Copyright Questions & Answers. Harris may be reached at

Praise for Lesley Ellen Harris’ book
Licensing Digital Content: A Practical Guide for Librarians, Second Edition

"It is rare to find a book that combines brevity and thoroughness, or rigor and readability. Licensing Digital Content does both … this book is wonderfully clear and concise. Highly recommended.”

“Harris’ book has become the standard for libraries and has yet to have an equal published that is either as useful or as clear.”
--ARBA Online

“The book is intended for libraries of all types and sizes … Other users of electronic databases and periodicals, such as museums and schools, will also find the book helpful when they are licensing digital resources for use in their institutions.”
--Book News Inc.

"The long-awaited second edition of Licensing Digital Content is a must-read for librarians responsible for negotiating digital licenses ... It was written from the perspective of the library for libraries of all sizes and types. This makes it accessible and useful."

"Though we are confident about our information skills and may know what our users want and need, we may not be as skilled at the arts of contract interpretation and negotiation--and not all of us have lawyers available to help us with this. Since signing licenses--or declining to sign them--can be a nerve-wracking business, this new edition of Licensing Digital Content will help to calm some of your fears ... Consider this an excellent resource for all information professionals who deal with licenses for electronic resources."
--Information Today

“I would highly recommend this book to both librarian novices and experts who have obligations in this area for their libraries.”
--Public Services Quarterly

“A ‘must have’ for anyone working with content licensing.”
--Richard P. Hulser, information management consultant

Praise for the previous edition:

“Harris makes a complex subject readily understandable and well within the lay person’s grasp.”
--Kenneth D. Crews, professor of law and Director of the Copyright Management Center, Indiana University

“This is an important book that provides a very practical approach to the legal and policy issues at stake. The content is very solid— straightforward, easy to read, and logically arranged.”
--Laura N. Gasaway, Director of the Law Library and professor of law, University of North Carolina

“Harris writes about a complicated topic with enthusiasm and clarity. With her straightforward and accessible advice, licensing novices will be able to make confident strides in securing excellent contractual terms.”
--Ann Okerson, moderator, Liblicense-L (Associate University Librarian, Yale University)

“Filled with down-to-earth advice from an expert who fully understands the challenges facing non-lawyer librarians, this step-by-step guide to setting up licensing policy, understanding contract terms and conditions, and negotiating institutional and consortia licensing agreements is invaluable. Make this book required reading for everyone on the content licensing team.”
--Gail Dykstra, independent research consultant, Dykstra Research

“This book is remarkably readable, free of legal jargon, and thoroughly enjoyable.”
--Library Resources & Technical Services

“Very useful for academic and public librarians of information professionals...well written and insightful.”

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