Copyright Issues for Digital Archives

Certificate Eligibility: 
Certificate Eligibility: 
5 ARC, 0.75 CEU
1 day
Max Attendees: 
Tactical and Strategic

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 encountered copyright issues. 


To obtain the A&D certificate, you must take either Copyright Issues for Digital Archives or Privacy and Confidentiality Issues in Digital Archives.

Learning Outcomes: 
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

What You Should Already 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 builds on others, including Basics of Managing Electronic RecordsElectronic Records—The Next Step, and Providing Access to Born-Digital Archives.

DAS Core Competency: 
2. Communicate and define terminology, requirements, roles, and responsibilities related to digital archives to a variety of stakeholders.
A&D Core Competency: 
4. Management: Demonstrate ability to manage physical and intellectual control over archival materials.
7. Risk Management: Analyze threats and implement measures to minimize ethical and institutional risks.
“This is an excellent workshop. The instructor used her recent real-life experience, which was invaluable for the students.”
“I really enjoyed the information at the end of the booklet; the PowerPoint slides were great too. I’m happy to have these resources on hand!”
"[The instructor] made the boring topic of copyright engaging, which I never thought was possible."
"The instructor was clear and knowledgeable and lively. She made excellent use of our time. I left with lots of new information and lots of resources to refer to in the future."
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