BEA 2010: Copyright in Motion

About the presenter

This session is hosted by Christopher Keneally, the Director of Business Development at the Copyright Clearance Center. The CCC is a world expert in copyright licensing solutions.

My audio of the session (WMA) (posted with permission of the presenter)

The session opened with a video which you can find here. The CCC is hosting it directly; it's not on Youtube. The video was a good basic explanation of copyright, but it misses a couple of nuances. For example, work created by the US gov't has no copyright, but if that same work is created by a contractor then it does have a copyright. There were other small exceptions like that, but they weren't a big deal.

Mr. Keneally then covered some common misconceptions.

Misconceptions & Truth

  • having a copyright policy is sufficient
  • education of users and effective licensing can reduce risk

Misconceptions & Truth

  • librarian or info professional can handle all copyright questions
  • most users don't know that they need to ask, or even who to ask

Misconceptions & Truth

  • everything we do is online, so we have reduced copyright risk
  • technology doesn't reduce risk

Misconceptions & Truth

  • publicly available material doesn't require permission
  • publicly available material may still be protected by copyright

Misconceptions & Truth

  • my company will never get into trouble with copyright
  • companies of all sizes get into trouble every week

He tried to show a second video, but the network wouldn't cooperate:

The rest of the presentation was a pretty good basic introduction to copyright as well a brief summary of the History of the Google books settlement. TBH, this presentation could have just as well been presented in a webcast. Listen to the audio I posted, watch the 2 videos, and you'll get about 95% of the value in the presentation.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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