2 minutes to read Posted on Thursday October 14, 2021

Updated on Tuesday October 19, 2021

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Fred Saunderson

Rights and Information Manager , National Library of Scotland

Copyright office hours are back!

The Europeana Copyright Community’s ‘Copyright office hours’ offer you a space to ask questions about copyright and digital cultural heritage, get inspired by other approaches and share your knowledge. Find out more and join the next round of sessions! 

Between February and July 2021, the Copyright Community Steering Group ran a series of copyright office hours. These sessions provided space for lively and engaging discussion and knowledge exchange on different facets of copyright, including open licensing, re-use, and digital cultural heritage. After reviewing the first run of these sessions and the feedback that we gathered from participants, the Steering Group is pleased to announce a second round of copyright office hours starting at the end of October 2021.

Unlike during the first series of office hours, sessions in this round will each focus on a specific topic. We hope that this will allow you to attend the sessions that most align with your needs and interests.

How it will work

We will set up a call approximately every six weeks. The conversations will be informal, and will not be recorded. The aim is to help each other by taking advantage of being part of such a broad network. 

We will focus each call around a theme. The themes we are considering for the sessions include open licensing, education and learning, a post-Article 14 world, archival material, copyright exceptions, licensing for augmented reality and virtual reality, risk management approaches to rights clearance, social media and promotion and using copyright material for content creation.

You can come with any type of questions that are relevant to you on the theme of the session, from the very specific to very broad. To help structure discussions, we invite participants to add your questions to this trello board before the start of each session - please note that your username will be publicly available. 

On each call, one or more members of the Copyright Community Steering Group will be there to moderate the discussions and share their thoughts, point you to relevant documentation or showcase examples. Others in the call might also have advice, and if not, we can try to find an answer together. In any case, please note that this will by no means constitute any legal advice. We will also aim to be joined at each session by one or more special guests who are particularly familiar with the selected theme.

Join us

The first of this season’s copyright office hours will take place at 1.00pm CEST on 25 October, on the theme of ‘open licensing’. It will be hosted by Copyright Steering Group members Karin Glasemann and Fred Saunderson with special guests Brigitte Vézina and Camille Francoise from Creative Commons. Register now

A further session on the theme of ‘copyright in education and learning’ will follow toward the end of November, and the remaining sessions will be held in 2022. We will publish a more detailed timeline for future sessions soon and reminders will be sent via the Copyright Community Listserv and shared on our Twitter account.

If you are not a member of the Copyright Community, you are still very welcome to participate in the call. If you wish to join the community for more support and resources, you can do so here.