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When and Where
  • 2/1/2021 9:00 AM CST
  • 2/1/2121 5:00 PM CST
  • On Demand (Virtual)
  • Joshua Kitchens

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This self-paced 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 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
  • 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 You Should Already 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.


Joshua Kitchens is the Director of the Clayton State Archival Studies program. Josh teaches a variety of courses at Clayton State that cover archival topics including Digital Preservation, Law and Ethics, Appraisal, and various special topics courses. Currently, Josh is researching appraisal practices and representation/access to archival collections and public records. 

Josh previously served as an Archivists for Special Collections at the Georgia College Ina Dillard Russell Library. There he was responsible for digital collections, the library’s institutional repository known as the Knowledge Box and university archives. He holds a BA in history from Georgia College and an MA in Applied History from George Mason University, and a Masters of Archival Studies from Clayton State University. Joshua is currently working on a Ph.D. in public history at Georgia State University. Joshua is also a certified archivist and serves on the Examine Development Committee for the Academy of Certified Archivist.

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

DAS Core Competency: 

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

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.

Registration Fee: 

SAA Member: $289

Employee of SAA Member Institution: $339

Nonmember: $399

You will have access to this product for 60 days from the date of purchase.