helenlt on May 30th, 2014
As you may know from previous blogs, over the last 12 months we’ve hosted a number of placements of Library staff. We’ve enjoyed working with colleagues from other parts of the Library and imparting our copyright knowledge and our trainees seemed to have enjoyed finding out more about copyright and some of the challenges we face in being copyright compliant. We’ve encouraged our trainees to contribute a blog post to share their insights on copyright and working in the Copyright Office. This week, we asked Aimee and Kristijan to reflect on their recent placement.
In the glorious month of March general-all-round-go-getter library cadet Kristijan and Giblin Eunson Service Desk extraordinaire Aimee were embedded firmly in the trenches of the Copyright Office.
After a few intensive training sessions the muddy waters were clearing, and we were throwing around references to the part VA statutory license and identifying infringing content like nobody’s business. Sadly, the trickiest and most counter-intuitive regulations were found in the library specific session.
Here’s hoping the proposed changes to the Australian Copyright law with particular impact on libraries, are successful. It’s the era of digital communications, legislators!
We also covered copyright for MOOCS, as libraries can play a support role.
In our special projects – researching copyright for proposed digitisation projects – we delved into some University of Melbourne history – and associated copyright repercussions.
Fun historical facts
Aimee – Australian Music News
As the copyright on Australian photographs expire if the picture is taken before 1 January 1955 tracking down copyright owners wasn’t the goal. The team was after an overview of items in the magazine, so a decision whether or not to digitise can be made.
When the 1920s rolled on in the magazine – fancy biscuits (bring back the banana cream!) & motor car advertisements made an appearance. This felt similar to today’s magazines, in contrast to the sad reports and song ballads from the end of WW1.
Kristijan – Melbourne University Magazine
Delving into the past of Melbourne University Magazine revealed a cadre of high profile Australians who would go on to make waves in politics, science, poetry and as activists for a range of noble causes.
The goal of the project was to identify notable editors and contributors to assess whether the magazine would be digitised and made available via open access.
With issues dating back to 1907 and continuing til this day, much of the content is out of copyright having expired from the 1 January 1955.
… and of course both projects familiarised us to a key Copyright Office skill – big colourful spreadsheets.
Getting to know the friendly Copyright Office staff Wil, Astrid and Helen meant we could get our burning copyright questions answered in person.
No more will we have unapproved logos or screenshots on our webpages or LibGuides, and Wil took us through the tips and tricks of a permissions request (spell out exactly what you want).
So… we’ll never look at a logo, or a meme, or any ideas & information expressed in material form the same way again, but I think that’s what they Copyright gurus wanted all along!!