Copyright Law and Your Academic Work-Scholarly Communications - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, September 17, 2007

Copyright Law and Your Academic Work

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Dr. Kenneth Crews, Director
Copyright Management Center, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)


Copyright law has important and immediate consequences for all research and teaching at the university. Copyright law gives instant and automatic protection to the new works we create, and to the materials we find on the Internet, in the library, and through digital databases. The law grants rights, but the law also allows "fair use" of protected works. This session will be a wide-ranging exploration of issues of direct importance to academic work. It will also be a chance to explore creative options that can better serve your needs. Bring your questions, and expect a lively and productive discussion!


Recently appointed Director of Columbia University’s new Copyright Advisory Office, effective January 2008, Dr. Crews has a distinguished career in copyright and fair use issues. Since 1994, he has been a professor at the Indiana University School of Law–Indianapolis and the IU School of Library and Information Science. A faculty member of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center since its founding in 2003, he previously practiced business and entertainment law in Los Angeles, and has taught and published widely on copyright, constitutional law, political history, and library science. His work has won wide acclaim, and he has been active in projects and initiatives on copyright law in the United States and around the world. His newest book, Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators, is widely used as a guide through the legal issues at numerous universities.

Crews earned a Ph.D. and M.L.S. from the Graduate School of Library & Information Science at the University of California, Los Angeles, a JD from Washington University, and his undergraduate history degree from Northwestern University. Since inception of the office in 1994, Crews has directed the Copyright Management Center, based at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Since 1996, he has held a chaired professorship in the IU School of Law-Indianapolis, in addition to a joint appointment in the IU School of Library and Information Science.

As Director of the Copyright Advisory Office at Columbia, Crews will serve as resource and advisor on the application of copyright policies to teaching and learning, research, and scholarly communication within the university.