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The road to copyright literacy

Keynote given by Chris Morrison and Jane Secker at CILIP Scotland Conference 2017 in Dundee 6/6/17

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The road to copyright literacy

  1. 1. The road to copyright literacy: a journey towards library empowerment Chris Morrison City, University of LondonUniversity of Kent Jane Secker
  2. 2. How does copyright make you feel Scotland? Online voting or Go to and use the code 21 34 88
  3. 3. “Excited - like the idea that copyright is a gateway. Should enable access to culture, rather than barrier” “Warm and Fuzzy” “Love it! It's kept me in the lifestyle to which I have become accustomed”
  4. 4. “Confused, cautious, faintly nauseous!” “Frustrated, confused. Can I risk it? Can my organisation risk it?” “Worried, anxious” “Like the receiver (and thrower) of a hot potato”
  5. 5. DON’T BE AFRAID George Lucas
  6. 6. A long time ago, in a country (not that) far away....
  8. 8. Hargreaves Review
  9. 9. The survey
  10. 10. Copyright the Card Game Works usages licences exceptions
  11. 11. Where are we now?
  12. 12. Phenomenography
  13. 13. Copyright as an experience Category 4: Copyright is an opportunity for negotiation, collaboration and co-construction of understanding Category 1: Copyright is a problem Category 2: Copyright is complicated and shifting Category 3: Copyright is a known entity requiring coherent messages
  14. 14. Category 1: copyright is a problem “It’s not like other areas where I can help people and people want an answer…. I have done this job for years and I didn’t used to get these sorts of queries.” Focus Group participant, January 2016
  15. 15. Category 2: copyright is complicated “For non-copyright queries the answer is yes or no, or a series of instructions. For copyright queries the actual answer is maybe, maybe – and that is why it is different - you can’t give them the answer they want.” Focus Group participant, January 2016
  16. 16. Category 3: copyright is a known entity “….the internet has made that all the more important hasn’t it? Otherwise you are laying open the institution to getting into trouble with publishers if they don’t adhere to what they are supposed to be doing.” Focus Group participant, January 2016
  17. 17. Category 4: copyright is an opportunity “I always think when I am explaining [copyright] to people I would like to be more aggressive … in terms of these are our collections and we manage them properly and in so doing so we might make them openly available because it is within our gift to do and no one is being affected if we put 100 year old census data online.” Focus Group participant, January 2016
  19. 19. A world without copyright literacy Things go unsaid Reduces the public domain Increases costs Risk aversion
  20. 20. Bridging the gaps Rightsholders & libraries Lawyers & librarians Activists & practitioners Creators & consumers
  21. 21. The role of the copyright officer
  22. 22. Critical copyright literacy Education not training Balance between content and approach Getting comfortable with uncertainty Avoiding binaries ?
  24. 24. Communities of practice
  25. 25. Rethinking copyright education for librarians Bridging the gap between a one day course and a PG Diploma in copyright law Focusing on what librarians need to know about copyright Focusing on their role as copyright educators
  26. 26. New professionals
  27. 27. Copyright literacy is a journey not a destination Morrison and Secker (with apologies to Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  29. 29. Copyright is about knowledge, money and power
  30. 30. Copyright literacy means sharing and working as a community
  31. 31. Librarians! Copyright belongs to you Own it!
  32. 32. Copyright is about knowledge, money and power Copyright literacy means sharing and working as a community Copyright belongs to you. Own it! Chris and Jane’s Three Things
  33. 33. Join us on the journey! Embrace copyright literacy!
  34. 34. Further reading Morrison, C and Secker J. (2015) Copyright Literacy in the UK: a survey of librarians and other cultural heritage sector professionals. Library and Information Research. 39 (121) Morrison, C and Secker, J (2016) Exceptions for libraries. Available online. Morrison, C and Secker, J. (2016) A Guide to Copyright. Association of University Administrators. Rios-Amaya, Juliana, Secker, Jane and Morrison, Chris (2016) Lecture recording in higher education: risky business or evolving open practice. LSE / University of Kent, London, UK. Secker, J and Morrison, C. (2016) Copyright and E-learning: a guide for practitioners. Facet publishing: London. Chapter 6: Copyright education and training available online. Todorova, T., Trencheva, T., Kurbanoğlu, S., Dogan G., & Horvat, A. (2014) A Multinational Study on Copyright Literacy Competencies of LIS Professionals. Presentation given at 2nd European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL) held in Dubrovnik. October 2014. Retrieved March 13, 2015 from @UKCopyrightLit
  35. 35. Image Credits Slide 1: Photo from CC-0 Slide 3: Photo by Amber Litzinger CC-BY Slide 4: Panic by Nate Stelner Public Domain Slide 5: George Lucas, taken from Wikipedia CC-BY-NC Slide 7: © Morrison / Secker family album Slide 8: Photo of Chris Morrison by Matt Wilson © University of Kent. Logos © of various organisations Slide 9: Photo of Jane Secker © Jane Secker. Logos © various organisations Slide 10: Photo by Drew Whitworth used with permission Slide 15: Copyright the Card Game at CILIP Wales Conference © Whole Picture used with permission Slide 17: Phenomena by Nick Ares CC-BY Slide 25-34: Images from quiz all taken from Wikipedia and licensed under CC-BY Slide 36: A world without copyright literacy: images from Open clipart. Risk by Brad Clinesmith: CC-BY Slide 24: Forth Bridge by John Loach CC-BY Slide 25: Lego police officer byMartin @pokipsie Rechsteiner CC-BY Slide 28: Kent copyright community of practice. Photo by Chris Morrison. Slide 29: Logos © CILIP and CILIP Information Literacy Group Slide 30: Yoda image from Slide 31: Photo from CC-0 Slide 37: Kitchener Wants You by Alfred Leete, modified by Chris Morrison Slide 38: A team van taken from