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Copyright Advance: Evolving Perspectives for Empowered Scholars

April 24, 2014 - 8:30am to 3:30pm
Jack & Florence Ferman Presentation Room

Everyone who produces or uses digital media or research is touched by copyright law.  The subject sometimes provokes apprehension in academia.  But worry no more — copyright concerns and fair use best practices will be front and center at this upcoming symposium, led by prominent national and regional experts.  We will explore scholarly communications, open access, fair use, orphan works, recent court decisions, and timely critical issues.

Speakers and Events

Kevin Smith, M.L.S., J.D., Scholarly Communications Officer at Duke University

Kevin will discuss the growing trend of open access and open journal publishing in academia. He will focus on the actions that faculty might consider taking after the development of a campus open access mandate, including self-archiving, negotiating copyrights with publishers and much more.

Peter Jaszi, J.D., Professor of Law at American College of Law
David Hansen, J.D, Reference Librarian at UNC School of Law and Digital Library Fellow at Berkeley School of Law (

Peter and David will discuss the Code of Best Practices for Fair Use of Orphan Works in Libraries, Archives and other Memory Institutions, development of which currently is being facilitated by the Berkeley Digital Library Project and the Washington College of Law Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property. They will focus on issues related to mass-digitization initiatives, fair use, and the scholarly use of copyrighted materials, and how they impact universities, libraries and faculty.

Martin Brennan, M.L.S., Copyright and Licensing Librarian, UCLA Young Research Library

Martin will discuss recent Copyright Court Decisions relevant to Libraries and Higher Education.  In the past year or two, several copyright disputes with implications for libraries and higher education have been ruled upon or resolved at the district court level, including the Google Books case, the related Hathi Trust case, the Georgia State case, and the UCLA streaming case.  Martin will review each of these cases briefly and examine what impact the outcomes have for libraries and universities, and highlight what to watch for as several of them go through the appeal process.

Tracey Mayfield, M.L.I.S. - Associate Dean, CSU Long Beach University Library.

Tracey will discuss the copyright awareness and education campaign that is currently catching fire within the CSU.  She will address the unique environment of the CSU and the path CSULB is forging to set the benchmark for the rest of the system.

Stuart Pardau, J.D., Professor of Business Law at CSUN

Stuart will join the presenters in a panel discussion examining hot-button issues and answering questions posed from attendees.

For more detail, please see the Schedule of Events (PDF)

Coordinated by the Oviatt Library Copyright Team and CSUN Faculty Development.

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Parking is $6.00.  For information call (818) 677-2638.  Persons with disabilities needing assistance and deaf and hard of hearing persons needing interpreters, please call in advance for arrangements.

Visitor Information

Parking is $8.00. For more information about parking please see Visitor Information.

To arrange assistance for persons with disabilities, including interpreters for deaf and hard of hearing persons, please call (818) 677-2638 in advance of the event.