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Music copyright: what do students know? what do we do about it?

Join us for CopyTalk on November 2nd with Kathleen DeLaurenti, Open Access Editor, Music Library Association Head Librarian, Arthur Friedheim Library at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. DeLaurenti will give an overview of a research project to identify how college-aged students perceive music copyright and the process of figuring out what to do about it.

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DeLaurenti will share the findings of a phenomenological research study examining undergraduate students aimed at uncovering students’ understanding of music copyright. The study provided students an opportunity to share how they understand the phenomenon of music copyright in their lives and how it influences their interactions in the digital and analog world.

While assumptions of ongoing rampant piracy remain the cultural norm, student participants in the study expressed complicated feelings about copyright and a lot of confusion about how to act ethically and legally in an environment of frictionless access to music. The talk will also discuss the follow-up work of a team of librarians and students to co-create open educational resources to introduce high school and college-aged students to the basic concepts of copyright. This discussion should be very revealing!

Tune in on Thursday, November 2 at 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific time. Go to and sign in as a guest. You’re in.

CopyTalks are FREE and brought to you by OITP’s copyright education subcommittee. Archived webinars can be found here.

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Carrie Russell

Carrie Russell is the director of the Program on Public Access to Information in the Washington Office. Her portfolio includes copyright, international copyright, accessibility, e-books, and other public policy issues. She has an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MA in media arts from the University of Arizona.

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