Copyright and Library Law: Summer 2016


Greg Cram


Long Island University


Summer 2016


This course explores copyright law and gives students a legal framework to analyze the copyright issues faced by librarians and cultural institutions. From the digitization of archives and collections to electronic reference, copyright is now a major consideration for libraries. Copyright issues are prevalent in published, unpublished and born-digital material. Instead of backing away from copyright issues to the detriment of access to content, librarians should understand and interpret copyright law so they can participate in setting institutional policies that take advantage of fair use and other exceptions granted to libraries by the law.

Required Textbook:

Hirtle, Peter B., et al. 2009. Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums. Download.

Link to Syllabus:

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