ARCHIVED: AALL Programs: "Help! I'm Surrounded by the Law and I Still Can't Understand Copyright!"

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 This full-day program will demonstrate the growing importance of copyright in your career, take the fear out of the law, and show new pathways through an often-bewildering maze. If you think copyright is dry and boring, this day may also change your view. It is a day of serious learning, scandalous politics, cheerful humor, cartoons, your tough questions, and maybe a little rap music.

Participants will learn to:

  • Assess the situations, activities, and materials in the library that give rise to copyright issues;
  • Recognize that intellectual property law other than copyright may apply to some situations;
  • Secure copyright protection for new works;
  • Describe the complex balance between the rights of copyright owners and the ability to make fair use of protected works;
  • Analyze and apply legal rights to use copyrighted works beyond the right of fair use;
  • Examine the implications of new technologies for copyright; and
  • Pursue options for developing copyright policies for their libraries.

Topics covered will include:

  • Trends, Developments, and Future Directions of Copyright;
  • Fair Use Issues;
  • Coursepacks, Reserves, and Electronic Reserves;
  • Copyright and the Worldwide Web; and
  • Copyright and the Development of Multimedia Projects.

Who Should Attend This Program?

Law librarians, non-law librarians, and others interested in learning the issues of copyright law and the effect of copyright on your daily job.



Kenneth D. Crews

Mr. Crews is an Associate Professor at the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis and the IU School of Library and Information Science. He is also Director of the Copyright Management Center (CMC) at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. (For more information on the CMC, visit Prior to beginning his academic career, Mr. Crews practiced general business and corporate law in Los Angeles, California, then went on to earn his M.L.S. and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA’s School of Library and Information Science. Mr. Crews has received awards from the Association of College and Research Libraries and the Association for the Study of Higher Education for his doctoral dissertation analyzing copyright policies from universities throughout the United States.


Monday, October 26, 1998
San Diego Research Library
A Hewlett Packard Company
San Diego, California

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If you are interested in scheduling this program, please fill out and submit a scheduling form.


Registration for programs will begin 3 months prior to scheduled dates. On-line registration forms will be available at that time. Please check again later!

This professional development opportunity is brought to you by the American Association of Law Libraries. For additional information, please contact Mary Jawgiel, AALL Education Manager, at 312-939-4764.

AALL recognizes major support from BNA, Inc. for the Professional Development Program.