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Yes, Virginia, You Can Digitize Millions of Books: Copyright, HathiTrust, and the Legacy of Libraries

Yes, Virginia, You Can Digitize Millions of Books: Copyright, HathiTrust, and the Legacy of Libraries

Jack Bernard, associate general counsel with the University of Michigan’s Office of the Vice President and General Counsel, will deliver the Spring 2015 Windsor Lecture at 4:00 p.m. on April 28 in GSLIS Room 126. His lecture is titled, “Yes, Virginia, You Can Digitize Millions of Books: Copyright, HathiTrust, and the Legacy of Libraries.” A reception will be held in the GSLIS east foyer immediately following the lecture. Bernard also will present a lunch lecture, “Imitation, Flattery, and Getting Nowhere: A Look at the Blurred Lines at the Intersection of Who’s Copying Whom.”

Lecture Abstract:
How is it that libraries and companies, such as Google Inc., can digitize and use millions of copyrighted works without the permission of the copyright holders? It turns out that copyright law is not what you have been led to believe. In the face of the myths of copyright law, a group of intrepid libraries—including the University of Illinois—came together to exercise their rights and to establish a mission-based legacy through HathiTrust. Come find out how one conversation led to the most salient copyright litigation in higher education history.

About the Windsor Lecture:
The Windsor Lecture honors the career of Phineas L. Windsor, who served as director of the University of Illinois Library and the Library School from 1909 to 1940. Gifts from alumni and friends established the Windsor Lecture fund when Dr. Windsor retired. Marian (’50 BA Science and Letters) and Arnold (’50 BS Architectural Studies) Thompson continue to generously support the ongoing lecture series. Marian is a Windsor granddaughter.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015