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Registration now open for ALA, NILRC national teleconference, Webcast on copyright in the digital age


The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce a national teleconference and Webcast on copyright in the digital age. The program titled “Copyright in the Digital Age: An Update,” will take place on Friday, June 1, from 12 to 2 p.m. EST.

“Copyright in the Digital Age: An Update,” will feature national library leaders discussing the complex copyright and intellectual property issues affecting libraries and schools. Presenters include Kenneth Crews, professor, Indiana University School of Law; Tomas Lipinski, associate professor, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and Miriam Nisbet, legislative counsel, ALA Washington Office.

John W. Berry, ALA past president, and executive director, Network of Illinois Learning Resources in Community Colleges (NILRC), will introduce the program, and viewers will be able to ask questions and give feedback directly by phone, fax or e-mail.

Program speakers will provide their views on key copyright issues facing librarians and educators that include:

  • Understanding issues in U.S. Copyright Law since 2004—and what’s on the horizon, including ‘orphan’ works and the FAIR USE Act of 2007;
  • ‘Fair use’ as it applies to the use of web sites, blogs, wikis, social networking sites and other digital web resources;
  • Copyright issues surrounding ‘public performance’ in education and library settings;
  • How intellectual property decisions internationally, have an impact on copyright here at home;
  • Understanding the process of seeking permission to use music, film and other media in your work.

“Copyright in the Digital Age: An Update,” is sponsored by ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and Network of Illinois Learning Resources in Community Colleges (NILRC), with partial support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

To register for this program, call toll-free at 800-354-6587 or visit

For more information or the program or to purchase a DVD of the program, please contact Cathy Russo, teleconference marketing coordinator at or (800) 354-6587.

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Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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