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Copyright for Creators



James Branch Cabell Library, lecture hall (room 303)
901 Park Avenue, Richmond, VA 23284


In the digital age, everyone is a publisher or a maker or a creator. Whether you work in a studio, a classroom, or social media, understanding copyright is a foundational skill. VCU Libraries, in concert with the VCU School of the Arts and arts librarians, introduces a new series for 2015–16 on the nuances of copyright for artists, designers and art scholars.

Presenter VCU University Counsel Madelyn Wessel is an authoritative voice on the complex intersection of creators' and copyright-holders' rights with creative and scholarly expression. She has presented to many university audiences as well as to groups including the Visual Resources Association and the Art Libraries Society of North America. Wessel is also a senior assistant attorney general for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Previously, as associate general counsel at the University of Virginia, her practice included intellectual-property law, FOIA, technology and libraries. She received her J.D. from Boston University. Wessel is up-to-date on how copyright touches creation, innovation, invention and scholarship and how scholarly and creative work products should be protected.

The events in the series are free and open to all, but please register in order to help us plan. Lunch will be provided. Parking on the Monroe Park campus is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed, please call Gregory Kimbrell, events and programs coordinator, at (804) 828-0593.

Schedule of Events

Nov. 6, 2015
noon–1:30 p.m.

The Depot
814 W. Broad Street
Second floor


Copyright 1.0: Overview of Copyright

This sessions explores:

  • CopyRIGHTS of authors/creators
  • Copyright exceptions including educational rights and fair use
  • Registering and protecting your work
  • Creative Commons and other tools for sharing
  • Copyright infringement actions and liabilities

Feb. 19, 2016
noon–1:30 p.m.

The Depot
814 W. Broad Street
Second floor

Copyright 2.0: Web, Arts and Multimedia Issues

This session explores:

  • Using images and other media in class versus on the web
  • License agreements and Terms of Use
  • Deep dive into transformative uses of art
  • Reuse of sound and film recordings

March 25, 2016
noon–1:30 p.m.

James Branch Cabell Library
901 Park Ave.
Third-floor event auditorium

Copyright 3.0: Scholarly Communications

This session explores:

  • Reuse of images in scholarly publications
  • Publishing and media agreements
  • Protecting author's rights and open access

Suggestions for Future Events

We would love to hear your ideas for future Copyright for Creators events. If you have suggestions, please complete this online form.

Image: Copyright for Creators, by Taylor Early


VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
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Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-0636

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