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When and Where
  • 5/28/2020 9:00 AM CDT
  • 5/28/2020 5:00 PM CDT
  • 4/29/2020 12:00 AM CDT
  • Online via Zoom
  • Joshua Kitchens

This course was originally scheduled for May 28, 2020 in Greensboro, NC. Due to COVID-19 concerns and cancellations, this course will be held ONLINE. This course WILL count towards the in-person requirement for the DAS and A&D program.

Registration Fee: Early-Bird / Regular

SAA Member: $199 / $249

Employee of SAA Member Institution: $239 / $299

Nonmember: $279 / $349


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. 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.

Learning Outcomes: 

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