CUS Webinar Wednesday 6/21/17: Emerging Issues in Copyright: A Jaunt Through Some Common Problems

About the presenter:
Justin goes on rants about copyright law, sometimes even in publications! Otherwise, he spends his time working on local history, academic publishing promotion, and hanging out with a roommate bunny named Blue.

June 21, 2017

Emerging Issues in Copyright: A Jaunt Through Some Common Problems

2:00-3:00pm EST

Justin M. White
Hodges University

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This webinar will take a stroll through some issues in copyright that show there is a serious need to rethink how we conceptualize copyright, authors’ rights, and fair use. There are no easy solutions, but it’s important to understand the questions. Issues will include: remixing, reusing, fair use, piracy, non-legal rule-making (from digital content platforms), encryption and copying, and the economic and cultural effects of near-costless copying. It will touch on how various economies intersect, such as the prestige economy of academic publishing vs. the economics of plenty. Obscure journals no longer need Elsevier to stay afloat, they only need institutional support, a website, and a good sitemap that can be indexed by Google. Optionally, these journals can also publish in platforms like Scholar Commons (bepress), and again have their metadata immediately indexed by Google Scholar. Open Educational Resources and the textbook industry will come up, along with the non-academic topics of artistic creation in platforms that are constantly policed by our copyright laws. The primary purpose of the webinar will be to give librarians some food for thought: a few cautionary tales from the world of copyright, and perhaps a few ideas to act upon. Recommended for anyone who enjoyed the book The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future (2016).


Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm