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Understanding Copyright for Archivists

Dates:  November 8-9, 2017

Location: BCIT, Downtown Campus

555 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 3H6

Registration dates:  October 1-27, 2017

Registration:  25 spots

Description:  This two-day workshop provides background information and interactive practical applications enabling archivists to apply sound copyright practice in day-to-day activities.

The workshop demystifies this complex subject with an introduction to some underlying general principles about how copyright law works. The session also includes detailed presentation of provisions of the Canadian Copyright Act that are directly related to the activities of archival institutions in the Digital Environment. The most recent changes to the law are highlighted.  There is discussion of the obligations and rights of both copyright owners and users. Practical strategies are introduced to enable archivists to comply with the complexities of copyright law while carrying out professional responsibilities. 

Interactive practical case studies consolidate and move copyright principles and provisions into real-life practice. 

An outline of the topics covered in the workshop includes:

- Why is Copyright Important to Archivists and Archives

- What is Copyright

- The Canadian Copyright Act

- What is Covered by the Copyright Act

- Balance in the Copyright Act

- Copyright in the Digital Environment

- How Copyright Works - Some Basic Principles

- Creator Rights

- User Rights

- Good Practice in Archives

- Risk Management

- Term of Protection

- Special Cases: Photographs; Posthumous Works; Cinematographic Works; Sound Recordings; Performer's Performances; Anonymous or Pseudonymous Works; Crown Works; Joint Authorship

- Penalties for Infringement

- Methodology to Determine IP Rights

- Requesting Permissions

- Orphan Works

- Staff Awareness


Instructor: Nancy Marrelli, CCA

Nancy Marrelli is Archivist Emerita at Concordia University in Montreal and Archivist of the emerging Italian-Canadian Archives of Quebec.

She actively participates in professional activities with many archival associations, working and publishing in English and French particularly in the areas of copyright, Dance Legacy issues, and Montreal Signs. As the co-publisher of Montreal's Véhicule Press, she is active in publishing, research and writing circles.

Nancy has published extensively on archival topics and various aspects of Montreal history.  She has been a speaker at a wide variety of workshops and conferences across Canada, the United States, and elsewhere. She is the Special Advisor on Copyright for the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council of Archives and she participates in copyright committee work within the Canadian library and museum communities.  She gives a series of webinars and workshops in English and French on copyright for the Canadian Council of Archives.  


Registration Fees:          

Participants will be charged the AABC's standard 2-day workshop fee:  

  •   members $350.00
  •   non-members $450.00              

Registration is now closed.

Catering & coffee breaks: Lunch along with an AM/PM coffee break will be supplied for both days.

Accommodations: No accommodations have been pre-booked, participants are required to secure their own accommodations and/or transportation to the workshop.


Questions: Lisa Glandt, EAS Coordinator, aabc.advisor@aabc.ca

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