As I have for several years, I'm teaching a graduate course on copyright this fall, Copyright for Information Professionals (IST 735). The course titles includes the words "information professionals" in order to distinguish it from other copyright classes on campus. Indeed mine is focused primarily on how copyright affects libraries and education, with deviations to other areas during our discussions. The class is online, which I like for this topic. It gives everyone a chance to reflect - and do research - before speaking, which is important when dealing with the law.
The required textbook for the class is:
- Kenneth D. Crews, Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators: Creative Strategies and Practical Solutions (3rd revised edition ed.). ISBN 978-0838910924.
- Copyright Law of the United States and Related Laws Contained in Tıtle 17 of the United States Code (Circular 92), October 2009, online in its entirety at http://www.copyright.gov/title17/circ92.pdf
Samuels. The Illustrated Story of
Copyright. Thomas Dunne Books,
December 2000, online in its entirety at http://www.edwardsamuels.com/illustratedstory/index.htm (This is in an odd online format, which limits how much I assign. I do suggest that students find a copy through interlibrary loan, since there are likely additional sections they would find useful.)
- Peter Hirtle,
Emily Hudson and Andrew Kenyon. Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines
for Digitization for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press,
2009. Online in its entirety at http://hdl.handle.net/1813/14142
- Carol C. Henderson. Libraries as Creatures of Copyright: Why Librarians Care about Intellectual Property Law and Policy, http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/copyright/copyrightarticle/librariescreatures.cfm
- Hirtle. Copyright and Cultural Institutions. Chapter 1.
- Brad Templeton. 10 Big Myths about copyright explained, http://www.templetons.com/brad/copymyths.html
- Bloggers Beware: Debunking Nine Copyright Myths of the Online World - Updated, http://www.llrx.com/features/bloggersbeware.htm
- A Fair(y) Use Tale (video,10 min.), http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/documentary-film-program/film/a-fair-y-use-tale or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJn_jC4FNDo
- Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright, http://www.loc.gov/teachers/copyrightmystery/
- Crews. Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators. Chapters 1-7 (plus the introduction).
- Title 17, Chapter 1, sections 102-106A, 109 & Title 17, Chapter 2.
- Peter Hirtle. Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States. http://www.copyright.cornell.edu/resources/publicdomain.cfm
- Peter Hirtle. The myth of the pre-1923 public domain. http://blog.librarylaw.com/librarylaw/2009/07/the-myth-of-the-pre1923-public-domain.html
- Betsy Rosenblatt. Moral Rights Basics. (1998), http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/property/library/moralprimer.html
Thus far, the online discussion has been lively, including some side discussions on things like the copyright of Martin Luther King Jr.'s speeches. A few of the questions have had me digging further into the law and reading new-to-me sections on recordings. This proves that there is always more to learn!