Upcoming Event – Copyright Issues for Digital Archives [DAS] course

6 11 2013

The Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections is hosting a Society of American Archivists course.


Copyright Issues for Digital Archives [DAS]

Monday, December 2, 2013

Michigan State University – East Lansing, MI – Register here


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 examining case studies. While participants should be familiar with basic copyright law, 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 copyright legal issues around electronic records.

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; and,
  • 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 is one of the Tactical & Strategic Courses in the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Curriculum and Certificate Program and builds on others including Basic Electronic Records and Providing Access to Digital Archives. If you intend to pursue the Certificate, you’ll need to pass the examination for this course. Please follow Option 1 to access exam information.

Attendance is limited to 35.




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