Thursday, April 12, 2018

Copy Talk and the Copyright Advisory Network

Have you ever felt confused with “fair use” and copyright? I don’t think you are alone. However, there are resources to help you become more familiar with general definitions and practices.

The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) Copyright Education Subcommittee sponsors Copy Talk, a series of webinars on specific copyright topics that include orphan works, mass digitization, international copyright developments, pending and recent copyright court cases, the copyright implications of new technologies, and more. Recorded sessions can be found at

In addition, the OITP also sponsors the Copyright Advisory Network (CAN), which exists to help librarians understand copyright law and appreciate the important role that they can play in serving the public “to advance the progress of science and the useful arts.”

The Network is used to respond to copyright questions posed by librarians. It is made up of librarians that have a keen interest in copyright and volunteer their time responding to queries, creating copyright resources and sharing copyright news.

Visit their website at

NOTE: the site is not a resource for legal advice.