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February 2: Sheree Carter-Galvan on Copyright and the Academy

February 2, 2009, 3:00 p.m.
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall
128 Wall Street
Free & open to the public

The Library's copyright lecture series continues with Sheree Carter-Galvan, Copyright Counsel at Yale University. Carter-Galvan speak on what it's like to be a copyright attorney at a major university. Her talk will offer insights into life in the Office of General Counsel, where she deals with numerous campus rights issues, not just those affecting the University Library.

Over the course of the semester, the Library will host two more speakers:

Kenny Crews, Director of the Copyright Advisory Office, Columbia University, will speak on March 5 at 3:00 p.m. about his recently completed landmark study for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in which he compares fair use and other copyright exceptions across some 150 countries. Professor Crews gave a fascinating sneak preview of the findings of this study at the IFLA Congess this past August in Quebec City.

On April 29 at 3:00 p.m., Bill Carney, OCLC Content Manager, will make a presentation about OCLC's copyright registry evidence project, particularly aimed at addressing the so-called "Orphan Works" problem. An Orphan Work is defined as "a copyrighted work where it is difficult or impossible to contact the copyright holder." Orphan works are the bane of many of current library digitzing projects and the OCLC initiative should, over time, provide a way forward.

The lecture series is co-sponsored by the Yale Law School's Information Society Project.