Copyright Issues for Digital Archives [DAS]

Society of American Archivists Workshop

Wednesday, April 23rd • 9AM until 5PM

This course covers copyright legal issues specific to archives of digital materials. You’ll examine the impact of electronic technologies on the long-held law and tenets of copyright, including digital rights management, and acquiring and advising on the use of rights in records. You’ll look at the basic text of relevant federal statutes and significant case law, as well as examine case studies. While participants should be familiar with basic copyright law, a very brief review of copyright essentials will be provided to ground the discussion. The focus of the day will be on how to think through and identify options for resolving the most commonly encountered challenges.

Who Should Attend?
Archivists and others who need to address copyright legal issues relating to the digital archives of their institutions should attend.

What Should You Know?
You should have intermediate to advanced knowledge of archival practices and basic knowledge of copyright law and its application in archives, including an understanding of the basic copyright terms typically found in donor or deed-of-gift agreements.

This course is one of the Tactical and Strategic Courses in the (DAS) Curriculum and Certificate
Program and builds on others including Basic Electronic Records and Providing Access to Digital Archives. If you intend to pursue the certificate, you’ll need to pass the examination for this course.

National Archives at Kansas City
400 W. Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108


  • Heather Briston, UCLA

Early fee for SAA members – $185
Early fee for MAC members – $224
Early fee for member institutions – $219
Early fee for nonmembers – $249
Early-bird registration deadline is March 27, 2014.

You must register directly with SAA for this workshop!
Register with SAA online or by fax or e-mail by downloading the registration form.