UMUC to Host Copyright and Section 108 Workshop Online, Nov. 10-20

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By Kerry O'Neill ( |   October 21, 2008

WHEN: November 10-22, 2008
WHO: Laura Gasaway, associate dean of academic affairs and professor of law, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Law
COST: General - $150; Early Registration - $125; Students - $75
REGISTER: Register Online or contact Delise DeFreitas at 240-582-2803

UMUC’s Center for Intellectual Property (CIP) will host a new workshop: “The Section 108 Study.” During the 10-day workshop, which begins November 10, participants will explore the recent Section 108 Study Group Report and its recommendations on amending Section 108 of the Copyright Act, which permits libraries and archives to make certain uses of copyrighted materials in order to serve the public and ensure the availability of works over time.

This workshop will discuss how the digital revolution has significantly changed library practices, as well as the way publishers and producers approach business models and future markets. The four modules for this workshop include: Eligibility for the Exception, Preservation, Copies for Users, and Miscellaneous Recommendations and Issues. The workshop will take place entirely online via WebTycho, a proprietary course-delivery platform developed by UMUC to facilitate online study. The online format of the workshop allows people to log-on and participate at times that work best for them. Laura Gasaway, MLS, JD, professor of law and associate dean of academic affairs for the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School Of Law, will moderate the workshop.

The Section 108 Study Group, co-chaired by Gasaway, convened to discuss these changes and examine the Section 108 exception. The study group met for more than three years and developed a series of recommendations for statutory changes, as well as conclusions and discussions of various related issues.

About the Center for Intellectual Property
The Center for Intellectual Property (CIP) provides education, research and resources for the higher education community on copyright, academic integrity and the emerging digital environment. The CIP accomplishes its mission through the delivery of workshops and conferences, online training, consultations on campus, and electronic and print publications while providing continuous updates on legislative developments at the local, state, national and international level.