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Copyright for Creators



James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall (Room 303)
901 Park Ave., Richmond, Va. 23284


In the digital age, everyone is a publisher or a maker or a creator. With the success and popularity of last year's Copyright for Creators series, VCU Libraries, in concert with the VCU School of the Arts, presents a new series for 2016–2017 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.

This series is free and open to all, but please register. Lunch will be provided. Parking 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 the VCU Libraries Events Office at (804) 828-0593.

Schedule and Registration

Friday, Nov. 11, 2016
noon–1:30 p.m.

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

Friday, Feb. 3, 2017
noon–1:30 p.m.


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

Friday, March 24, 2017
noon–1:30 p.m.


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

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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
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Richmond, VA 23298-0582
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