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CopyTalk: Finding the public domain

Cup of coffee with beans.What would it take to pull together the expertise to perform copyright reviews on 11 million digitized books? The Copyright Review Management System (CRMS) was recognized by the ALA in 2016 as the recipient of the prestigious L. Ray Patterson Award for copyright advocacy – the first group effort so honored. CRMS is a University of Michigan-led initiative to answer to this question, coordinating trained reviewers from 17 institutions over 8 years to assess the copyright status of digitized books held in the HathiTrust Digital Library.  To date, partners on the IMLS-supported Copyright Review Management System projects have made over 300,000 copyright determinations for US-published books and over 100,000 determinations for books published in Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. What does this mean for a responsible search for the public domain? Join Melissa Levine, Lead Copyright Officer and PI, University of Michigan Library and Kristina Eden, Copyright Review Project Manager, HathiTrust to learn about the recently published CRMS Toolkit, lessons from CRMS for shared work across libraries to tackle hard problems, and what’s in store for CRMS.

Day/Time: Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 2pm Eastern/11am Pacific for our hour long free webinar.

Finding the Public Domain. By Melissa Levine.Go to and sign in as a guest. You’re in.

This program is brought to you by OITP’s copyright education subcommittee.

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