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Copyright presentations often focus on “the rules” without sufficient attention to practical decision-making. Yet because application of the law so often depends on specific facts and circumstances, this approach can leave a big gap for actual library practice. This workshop will focus on situations and how to make specific decisions; discussion of the rules and principles of copyright law will, it is hoped, emerge from those applications. Although common situations will be discussed in order to provide a comprehensive look at copyright decision making, participants are encourage to bring real-life problems for the group to consider and discuss.
Director of Scholarly Communications, Duke University
As Duke University’s first Director of Copyright & Scholarly Communications, Kevin Smith’s principal role is to teach and advise faculty, administrators and students about copyright, intellectual property licensing and scholarly publishing. He is a librarian and an attorney (admitted to the bar in Ohio and North Carolina) and also holds a graduate degree in religion from Yale University. At Duke, Kevin serves on the University’s Intellectual Property Board and Digital Futures Task Force, and he convenes the Open Access Advisory Panel. He is the current Chair of the ACRL’s Research and Scholarly Environment Committee and serves on the SPARC Steering Committee. His highly-regarded web log on scholarly communications discusses copyright and publication in academia, and he is a frequent speaker on those topics.