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Copyright Registries: Rising into the Public Domain

Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, 128 Wall Street
Wednesday, December 9, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Part of the Yale University Library's Copyright Lecture Series

Mimi Calter (Stanford University Libraries) and Anne Karle-Zenith (University of Michigan Library) will describe two projects that aim to provide significant support for libraries and others who seek information about the copyright status of works, in particular "orphan works." The often unclear status of these books stymies those who look to re-use, digitize, and otherwise deploy works published during this period.

Calter (Assistant University Librarian and Chief of Staff at Stanford) leads the "Copyright Renewal Database" effort, which makes searchable the renewal records received by the US Copyright office between 1950 and 1992 for books published in the US between 1923 and 1963. For more information about this activity, please see:

Karle-Zenith (Associate Librarian and Project Manager) heads the "Copyright Review Managemet System," whose purpose is to increase the reliability of copyright status determinations of books published in the US during this same period. The work is supported in part by a National Leadership grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information about this activity, see:

For more information about this series, contact Ann Okerson, Associate University Librarian for Collections and International Programs.