When Copyright and Cultural Collections Converge

Nervous about how copyright applies to your collection? Unsure if you can claim copyright to the photographic reproductions created of your collection objects? You’re not alone! Understanding copyright law can be a challenge for lawyers, let alone for the non-lawyers working with the collections of cultural institutions on a daily basis. Managing copyright nevertheless remains a key responsibility of caring for collections. And it remains imminently important for collection professionals to understand that copyright is just one element of intellectual property rights that may need to be considered when creating or utilizing reproductions. This webinar provides a practical introduction to U.S. copyright law, the public domain, and fair use, as well as touching upon parallel intellectual property rights to consider, such as privacy and publicity rights. Additionally, attendees will be presented with methodologies to navigate the myriad licensing options and ever-changing uses affecting collections, including determining rights status, identifying rights holders, and applying rights statements, Open Access, and Creative Commons licenses to collection objects.


Anne M. Young heads the rights and reproductions department at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. Young was formerly the photographic archivist for the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University and has worked for the Art Gallery of Ontario and George Eastman Museum. She is currently a Master of Jurisprudence candidate at Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law focusing on Intellectual Property, art, and museum law. Young previously received a Master of Arts in photographic preservation and collections management from Ryerson University and a Bachelor of Arts in art history and studio art (photography) from Indiana University. She chaired the Rights and Reproductions Professional Practices Committee of the American Alliance of Museums from 2012–2018 and was appointed to serve on the 2018–2021 term of the College Art Association’s Committee on Intellectual Property. Young received the Visual Resources Association’s Nancy DeLaurier Award in 2017 for her editorial work on the book Rights & Reproductions: The Handbook for Cultural Institutions, the second edition of which was published in 2019.

Recorded: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Duration: 1 Hour 27 minutes



When Copyright And Collections Converge PowerPoint Slides


When Copyright and Cultural Collections Collide Handout


When Copyright and Collections Converge Trailing Questions


AAMD Guidelines for the Use of Copyrighted Materials


ARL Code of Best Practices in Fair Use


CAA Code of Best Practices Fair Use Visual Arts


Orphan Works and Mass Digitization 2015


The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind


Can I Use That? Fair Use in Everyday Life (UMN 2011)