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Visualize This! The Creative Side of Copyright

April 05, 2017 - 8:30am to 4:00pm
University Library - Jack & Florence Ferman Presentation Room

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Oviatt Library

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The visual arts are no doubt a vital component of innovation, yet the intersection of creativity and copyright remains a challenging area to interpret. At this symposium, led by prominent national and regional experts, we’ll examine topics most critical to educators and creators alike. Join us as we discuss matters such as fair use, intellectual property, reuse, and the proliferation of online access as it applies to visual formats such as photography, comics, digital media - even 3D printing! A panel discussion will follow the presentations. A networking lunch will be provided.

Schedule of Events

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8:30 - 9:00: Registration and Refreshments

9:00 - 9:15: Welcome by Mark Stover, Dean, Oviatt Library

9:15 – 10:00: Martin Brennan, Copyright and Licensing Librarian, UCLA Young Research Library

“Copyright in Brief”

This presentation will include the basics of copyright such as copyright terms, determining copyright statuses, the bundle of rights, and available exceptions. It will also focus on Fair Use, including the four factors of Fair Use, how images are unique, key Fair Use rulings concerning images, and Fair Use in academia vs commercial printing.

10:00 – 11:00: Kenneth Crews, Attorney, Gipson Hoffman & Pancione; Faculty, Columbia Law School

“Coming to Terms with Copyright: Fair Use at the University”

Courts are deciding cases about fair use at an increasing clip, and each decision tells more about the meaning of fair use for images, music, art, and a wide range of works. However, we still have remarkably few decisions that are specifically about our activities at the university.  We have pointers from courts in various decisions, but the one case directly about academia involves fair use, electronic reserves, and the library services of Georgia State University. After nearly a decade of legal moves, the parties are still in the courts. More developments lie ahead, but right now might be is good time to make an interim assessment. What does fair use mean for teaching? How can we work with the fragments of law we have so far?

11:00 – 11:10: Break

11:10 – 11:30: Todd Bigelow, Lecturer, CSUN, Department of Art; Founder, Business of Photography Workshop

“Why Understanding Copyright is Critical for Photographers in the Digital Age”

The digital distribution of content has revolutionized the way photographers do business. Client contracts routinely mention copyright while images that previously took days or longer to be published now appear in mere minutes and are widely shared.  Understanding how to use the US Copyright Law to protect your work while growing your audience is key to success.

11:30 – 11:45: Isis Leininger, Learning Commons Supervisor, Oviatt Library

"3D Printing at the Oviatt Library" - Part 1

Did you know that the Oviatt Library offers 3D printing services for students? This presentation will introduce the library’s 3D printing services available in its popular Creative Media Studio, and include a brief demo.

11:45 – 1:00: Networking lunch, catered by Maria’s Italian Kitchen.


1:00 – 1:15: Isis Leininger, Learning Commons Supervisor, Oviatt Library

"3D Printing at the Oviatt Library" - Part 2

1:15 – 2:00: Charles Hatfield, Professor, CSUN, Department of English

“Fair Use Is As Fair Use Does, Or, Why Can’t I Quote Images? Comics Studies and Copyright”

This presentation will focus both on works of comic art that have tested the boundaries of fair use and on the struggles of comics studies researchers to define and defend fair use in the scholarly study of images. The presenter will discuss the necessity of “quoting” images in scholarly analysis, the reluctance or refusal of academic publishers to support this practice (i.e. to assert fair use), and the discouraging effect this refusal can have on scholarship. At the same time, he will discuss the complicated and messy history of work-for-hire and creators’ rights within the comics industries.

2:00 – 2:20:  Peri Klemm, Professor, CSUN, Department of Art; African Art Editor, Smarthistory/Khan Academy

“Digital Learning and Copyright: The Case of Image Use in the Classroom”

This presentation addresses copyright concerns and issues when using photographs and video for open educational resources.  The presentation will focus specifically on art history content from Smarthistory at Khan Academy.  As a content contributor and editor for art history at Smarthistory and an author of an electronic textbook in art history, Peri Klemm will share some of her recent experiences with digital learning and image use.

2:20 – 2:30: Break

2:30 – 3:30: Roundtable Discussion, moderated by Martin Brennan

3:30 – 3:45: Wrap-up and Evaluations

Coordinated by the Oviatt Library Copyright Team.

For further information contact:

Dean Arnold at (818) 677-2211
Ross Kendall at (818) 677-2072
Mary Wahl at (818) 677-7078
Andrew Weiss at (818) 677-2571