Legal Issues about Copyright, Licensing, and Digital Access

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Date(s) - Jun 14 2017
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Northern New York Library Network Office


Description: Libraries face a constantly changing environment concerning copyright, electronic resources licensing, and digital access rights.  Join Ask the Lawyer! Attorney Stephanie (“Cole”) Adams for an overview of concerning libraries’ legal rights, responsibilities, and alternatives with regard to use of copyrighted materials, licensing of data bases and e-books, and access to electronic materials.  Ample time will be provided for Q&A, so participants are encouraged to bring specific questions and concerns. Additionally, Sheryl Knab, developer of the service and Executive Director of WNYLRC, will review how Ask the Lawyer! service works and answer questions about its role.

About Ask the Lawyer!:  “Ask the Lawyer” ensures that an attorney is on call to help libraries and archives address topics ranging from copyright and fair use, to licensing concerns, board relations and patron issues.  The final result of a consultation could be a confidential memo, a general memo, and/or an entry to the “Ask the Lawyer” Recently Asked Questions page, which is open to all members and the public. Working through our web page, members can submit questions related to their operations, and receive analysis, assessment, and input crafted to inform both the member, and the membership as a whole.

Presenters: Buffalo attorney Stephanie (“Cole”) Adams,  first developed a deep connection to libraries working as a page, then clerk, at her hometown library in New Hartford, NY.  Ms. Adams went on to work at the libraries of her Alma Maters, Hampshire College, and SUNY Buffalo School of Law.  She served for over 10 years as the in-house counsel at Niagara University, in Niagara Falls, NY.  An attorney admitted to practice in both the state and federal courts of New York, Ms. Adams has extensive experience with the issues confronting information professionals.  Ms. Adams works closely with the NNYLN and WNYLRC to craft useful replies to your questions, and the service always welcomes member feedback.

Sheryl Knab has been deeply involved in a number of regional and statewide initiatives, and currently serves as Chair of the Empire State Library Network.