Copyright Seminar on January 11

Much of the material used in Saint Joseph’s University’s courses, whether within the traditional classroom, through SJU-Online programs, or stand-alone online courses, is protected under copyright law. When faculty use writings, images, artwork, videotapes, musical work, sound recordings, motion pictures, computer programs, and other works, they are likely using copyright-protected materials. Consequently, faculty may inadvertently violate owners’ rights whenever they copy materials as handouts, upload works to websites, display slides or images, show videos or listen to music.

The rules for distance education are significantly different from those applied to face-to-face and traditional classroom settings. Both the meaning of “fair use” and the details of copyright law become much more rigorous when the materials are uploaded to websites, transmitted anywhere in the world, and are easily downloaded, altered, or further transmitted by students and other users.

To fulfill our legal obligations and to satisfy our need for knowledge, we are pleased to announce that we will be hosting an educational seminar presented by the Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. The purpose of this seminar is to share with the University community information pertinent to copyright law as it applies to the academic world. The goal is to deliver to Saint Joseph’s a copyright education session covering the basics of copyright law and compliance so that the entire community, administrators, faculty, and staff, can work diligently to adhere to copyright laws. In addition to the basics, history and definition of copyright, public domain and fair use with specific focus on the academic and library environment will be reviewed. A light breakfast will be served.

Date: Monday, January 11, 2010
Time: 9:00am- 11:30am
Location: Forum Theater, Campion Center
Presenter: Dru Zuretti – Manager, Copyright Education
RSVP: Jane Downey by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6

I hope you can take advantage of this important programming.

Brice Wachterhauser, Ph.D.

–Permission to blog obtained from the Office of Academic Affairs on January 6, 2010

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