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When and Where
  • 5/15/2019 8:00 AM CDT
  • 5/15/2019 4:00 PM CDT
  • 4/22/2019 12:00 AM CDT
  • University of South Carolina
  • Columbia
  • SC

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. Youll 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 youll 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 archivists 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.

This course builds on others, including the following webcasts Basics of Managing Digital RecordsDigital Records: The Next Step, and Providing Access to Born-Digital Archives.

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.

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 examinationfor this course.

Attendance is limited to 35.