From Authors Rights to Limits of Liability: Navigating Copyright in Library Publishing

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In this session the instructor will lead participants through the legal issues surrounding copyright concerning library publishing, including the copyright policy for the unit, author’s rights, and licensing and permissions necessary to publish work through the library. The course will begin with an introduction to basic copyright rules, but will also include more complex issues such as fair use and Creative Commons licensing. The rights of authors and different options for author publishing agreements (in terms of copyright) will also be discussed. The participants will be empowered to consult copyright policies from other library publishing groups to draft and implement their own internal and external copyright publishing policies.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this class, students will be able to:

Understand basic copyright rules as well as more challenging principles such as fair use
Draft a copyright policy for the library publishing group
Identify appropriate author’s licenses for open access works


Sara Benson is the Copyright Librarian and an Assistant Professor in the Scholarly Communication and Publishing Unit at the University of Illinois Library. She holds a JD from the University of Houston Law Center, an LLM from Boalt Hall School of Law at Berkeley, and an MSLIS from the School of Information Science at the University of Illinois. Prior to joining the Library, Sara was a Lecturer at the University of Illinois College of Law for ten years. Sara is the host of the Podcast ©hat (“Copyright Chat”) available on iTunes.

Librarians either currently working in library publishing, or wishing to begin working in library publishing, including individuals interested in copyright issues surrounding scholarly communication.
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