Copyright Law Update for Librarians, Faculty, and Academic Administrators: The Courts Have Spoken

Des Moines, IA US
November 5, 2013

Learn what you have the right to use and how you can use it in your classrooms and libraries!
Copyright has become more prominent and problematic in recent years, as court decisions, changes in technology, and efforts by industry players all affect the ability of colleges and universities - and your students - to access, create and share intellectual property. Copyright holders have vigorously challenged the rights of institutions to use copyrighted content in certain ways and institutions have, for the most part, succeeded in defending their decisions – but not before complex and expensive, drawn out legal battles.

Learn an overview of copyright, including rights of the author or owner of the work, Fair Use, First Sale, the TEACH Act, and other critical details. Get an analysis of recent cases, as well as an interpretation of how those cases dovetail with modern teaching and learning techniques. And, finally, you will understand some defenses certain institutions maintain to claims of copyright violation.

Join our expert presenter as he lays out clear definitions for Fair Use and the First Sale Doctrine, and explore a variety of cases as a base to show what your institution is empowered to do in using copyrighted material for classroom, library, and e-reservation purposes.


After this interactive webinar, you'll learn:

  • How Fair Use is a powerful tool to share reasonable amounts of copyrighted material for academic purposes, provided certain rules are followed.
  • How recent cases can be read to empower colleges to accomplish their goals using certain copyrighted works.
  • Where Fair Use is not available, but licensing may be.
  • What are the slight differences for public and private institutions in defending actions for copyright violations.
  • What the Kirtsaeng case means for the First Sale doctrine as applied to your students, faculty and library.
  • How to balance respect for copyright (colleges and universities are major creators of intellectual property after all) with modern requirements and teaching methods.
  • How to reduce costly legal challenges that eat up valuable institutional resources.


Joseph Storch
Associate Counsel, State University of New York

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
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Event starts: 
11/05/2013 - 2:00pm CST
Event ends: 
11/05/2013 - 3:30pm CST
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Olsen Center
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

  • 1.50 CE Contact Hour(s)


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