The Basics of Copyright

  • 25 Nov 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Zoom
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The AAO’s Professional Development Committee presents

The Basics of Copyright

Canada’s Copyright Act attempts to provide a fair balance between the rights of the creators of works and the needs of users. That balance is being tested by digital technologies that make it easy to copy and use others' work without their knowledge or permission.

This one-day workshop provides an overview of how copyright law works and presents the copyright provisions (including relevant case law) that determine duration and ownership of copyright and the respective rights of copyright owners and users of copyrighted material (including fair dealing and the exceptions for libraries, archives, and museums). This course will be of particular interest to archivists, librarians, and museum curators who are responsible for managing copyright in their collections, as well as users of copyrighted content.

Participants will learn:

  • How copyright law works and the challenges of applying it in the digital environment.

  • The provisions of the Canadian Copyright Act that set out the duration and ownership of copyright and the respective rights of copyright owners and users of copyrighted material.

  • How to systematically analyze a copyright question.

Format: Lecture, examples, handouts, discussion.

When: 25 November 2020, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Where: Online. Instructions will be sent upon registration.

Cost: $150 (AAO members*), $100 (AAO student members), $240 (non- members)

*Institutional members can register 3 individuals at the members rate

About the Instructor:

Jean Dryden, MA, MLS, LLM(IP), PhD is a well-known copyright educator, Jean has presented scores of workshops on copyright to archivists, librarians, and educators. She has over twenty-five years of experience as a staff archivist and archival administrator. Her doctoral dissertation (Toronto, 2008) investigated the copyright practices of Canadian archival repositories in making their holdings available on the Internet. In 2015, she completed a Master of Laws degree specializing in intellectual property at Osgoode Hall Law School. Jean is the author of Demystifying Copyright: A Researcher's Guide to Copyright in Canadian Libraries and Archives, 2nd ed. She represents the International Council on Archives (ICA) at the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Copyright Committee, and is a member of the ICA’s Expert Group on Legal Matters.

Registration: Please register here.

Maximum number of registered participants: 25

Please note that this workshop requires a minimum of 10 participants to have registered by November 11, 2020 at 11:59 EST. In case of cancellation, please consult the AAO’s cancellation policy

Recording: This workshop will NOT be recorded.

Please be advised that AAO workshops and events are governed by the AAO's Code of Conduct. 

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