Copyright Registries: Rising into the Public Domain

imagesThe next copyright lecture series event, entitled "Copyright Registries: Rising into the Public Domain," will take place on December 9 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the Sterling Library Lecture Hall across Wall Street from Yale Law School.  This event is part of the Yale University Library sponsored "Copyright Lecture Series."

Mimi Calter (Stanford University Libraries) and Anne Karle-Zenith (University of Michigan Library) will describe two projects that aim to provide significant support for libraries and others who seek information about the copyright status of works, in particular "orphan works." The often unclear status of these books stymies those who look to re-use, digitize, and otherwise deploy works published during this period.

Calter (Assistant University Librarian and Chief of Staff at Stanford) leads the "Copyright Renewal Database" effort, which makes searchable the renewal records received by the US Copyright office between 1950 and 1992 for books published in the US betwen 1923 and 1963.

Karle-Zenith (Associate Librarian and Project Manager) heads the "Copyright Review Managemet System," whose purpose is to increase the reliability of copyright status determinations of books published in the US during this same period. The work is supported in part by a National Leadership grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.