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December 13, 2011



Copyright workshop for K-State faculty Jan. 13

By Donna Ekart

Gretchen McCord

Does copyright law as it applies to your teaching and research make your head spin? Copyright law is intentionally vague in order to apply to a wide variety of situations. While flexible, it presents a challenge in determining whether the law permits reuse of a particular copyrighted work. The situation is made more complex as digital resources and online delivery mechanisms become more common in teaching and publishing.

To assist the Kansas State University community in understanding and applying copyright law, K-State Libraries' scholarly communications and publishing department is sponsoring a workshop, "Copyright and Fair Use in the Digital Age," from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 13, 2012, in Hale Library's Hemisphere Room. This workshop is made possible with support from Academic Excellence Funds through the offices of the president, provost and administration and finance.

The interactive workshop will be lead by Gretchen McCord, a librarian and attorney specializing in copyright and digital information law. She will focus on issues pertaining to the use of copyrighted materials in teaching and scholarly activity. In addition to an overview of copyright law, McCord will cover the use of digital resources in course management systems and special concerns converting content from CD or DVD to online. Applications of Fair Use and the TEACH Act will also be addressed.

Workshop attendance is limited to 35 participants.  There is no charge for the workshop, but registration is required. See K-State Libraries' website for a full schedule and the registration form.