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COPYRIGHT TOWN MEETINGS
Creating Museum IP Policy in a Digital World
Hosted by the Hilton Toronto
Museum Computer Network Conference
Canadian Heritage Information Network
Saturday September 7, 9am-4pm
Free and Open to the Public
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In a world where many content-providers are worried
about digital misappropriation of material, and users are concerned
about inaccessible, expensive or low-grade resources, how important
is it for museums to have clear and fair intellectual property
policy to monitor the use and distribution of digital content and
how do they go about creating it? "Creating IP Policy in Museums,"
the subject of the next NINCH Copyright Town Meeting, will attempt
to answer these questions.
This Copyright Town Meeting, presented at the Museum
Computer Network (MCN) conference in Toronto, in collaboration with
MCN and the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) will be
held in the Hilton
Toronto Hotel on Saturday September 7, 9am-4pm. The meeting is
open to all and is free of charge but registration is required.
The Toronto Town Meeting will be part presentation,
part practicum. It will open with several speakers defining what
policy is, what core values it represents and why it is important
for an institution to have an IP policy. A keynote address will
situate the role of institutional policy within an international
context. Museum legal expert Maria Pallante will then analyze the
key issues to consider when preparing a policy.
In the second half of the meeting two practitioners
will examine policy-building. Brian Porter will report on his
experience at the Royal Ontario Museum, while Rachelle Brown of the
Smithsonian Institution will examine the importance of understanding
an institution's larger values in constructing policy. These talks
will introduce the workshop component of the Meeting, at which
participants will break into working groups to construct policy
solutions to particular museum situations. The results of the
working groups will be reviewed by a panel of all the speakers.
The focus of this meeting is designed to complement
that of the NINCH Copyright Town Meeting, held November 2001 in
Eugene, Oregon, on "Creating Policy: Copyright Policies in the
University." Laura Gasaway, a key presenter and organizer of the
Eugene meeting, is a featured speaker at this meeting. A report on
the Eugene Town Meeting and workshop is available.
The NINCH Copyright Town Meetings seek to balance
expert opinion and audience participation on the basics of copyright
law, the implications of copyright online, recent changes in
copyright law and practice, and practical issues related to the
networking of cultural heritage materials. The program will include
plenty of time for audience questions, comments and discussion.
Please register for this meeting on the MCN Conference
registration page. If you are not otherwise attending the MCN
conference, please still register online: complete your name,
organization and email address, check the NINCH Town Hall Meeting
option and type "no payment required" under credit card and
expiration date. For questions, call 877.626.3800.
This series is made possible by a generous grant from
the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.
Leonard Steinbach, MCN President; CIO, Cleveland
Museum of Art
David Green, Executive
OF INSTITUTIONAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY POLICY
The University Experience
N. Gasaway, Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law,
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Distinctions Between Universities
and Museums: Why Museums Need I.P. Policy
Elster Pantalony, Legal Counsel, Department of Justice,
Canada, representing the Canadian Heritage Information
Questions & comment
INSTITUTIONAL IP POLICY FROM AN INTERNATIONAL
Hale, Partner, Blake, Cassels and Graydon, LLP.,
Questions & comment
THE PROCESS OF
From I.P. Audit to
Valuation and Management
Pallante, Associate General Counsel, Guggenheim
Museum/Foundation, New York
A hallmark of
all NINCH Town Meetings, the open forum will give all attendees the
opportunity to participate in an examination of the issues through
prepared queries and informal discussion.
Putting Together a
Museum's IP Policy: A Case Study
Porter, Director, New Media Resources, Royal Ontario Museum,
Constructing Values: What to Put into a Policy
Browne, Assistant General Counsel, Smithsonian
Building Scenarios (download as MS Word document)
Tables of participants will work on three scenarios
- Identify the issues presented by the scenario.
- Group the issues as Technology, Policy, Process or
- Address other factors related to the scenario.
- Reach consensus on how those issues would be reflected in an
IP policy statement.
- Draft an intellectual property policy statement based on the
- Record the statement.
Each table leader will
present their issues and final draft statement.
OPEN FORUM: with the entire
Amalyah Keshet, Jerusalem Museum,
Rina Pantalony, Canadian Heritage Information
Leonard Steinbach, Cleveland Museum of
Diane Zorich, Consultant