METRO to Host Copyright Symposium

METRO Symposium: Copyright: The Only Certainty is Uncertainty (Sold Out)

Program change: Unfortunately, Maria Pallante, Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Copyright Office will no longer be able to participate in the morning panel session. Fortunately, we were able to secure an excellent replacement in Rina Elster Pantalony, Legal Counsel, Library and Archives of Canada, Department of Justice, Canada. 

When: February 15, 2007, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Baruch College Conference Center
151 East 25th Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10010 (map)

The Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) will host a symposium titled Copyright: The Only Certainty is Uncertainty on February 15, 2007 at the Baruch College Conference Center in New York City. This day long event will address numerous copyright concerns in libraries. A reception will follow the day’s activities.

Funding for this symposium is provided in part by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Schedule of Events

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM       Registration

9:30 AM - 9:40 AM       Welcome

9:40 AM - 10:20 AM     Keynote
On the Cluelessness of Professors: Why Your Faculty Does Not Get Copyright
Siva Vaidhyanathan, Associate Professor of Culture and Communication at New York University

10:20 AM - 11:00 AM       Keynote
Is Copyright Still Relevant to the Work of Libraries?  A Report  From the Frontlines of the Intellectual Property Wars
James Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian of Columbia University Libraries

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM        Break

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM        Panel
How Copyright Law Curtails Access and What That Means For Libraries
Panelists will consider various topics on how existing copyright law curtails access and the implications it may have for libraries. Topics may include Orphan Works, Document Delivery in Libraries, E-Reserves, and Section 512 of the DMCA (Safe Harbor Provision).
Peter Hirtle, Intellectual Property Officer, Cornell University
Rina Elster Pantalony, Legal Counsel, Library and Archives of Canada, Department of Justice, Canada
Laura Quilter, Associate Counsel for the Brennan Center, New York University School of Law
Liz Bishoff (moderator), Assistant to the Dean, University of Colorado at Boulder

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM        Lunch (on your own)

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM        Panel
Public Domain: To © Or Not To ©?
Panelists will tackle the complicated issue of libraries, archives, and museums that assert copyright over digital reproductions of public domain materials.
Susan Chun, General Manager for Collections Information Planning, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Kenneth Hamma, Executive Director, Digital Policy & Initiatives, J. Paul Getty Trust
Jason Mazzone, Assistant Professor, Brooklyn Law School
James Shulman, Executive Director, ARTstor
Liz Bishoff (moderator), Assistant to the Dean, University of Colorado at Boulder

3:00 PM -3:45 PM        Breakout Sessions
(Note: The breakout sessions will be presented concurrently and preferences will be filled on a first-come, first serve basis. Early registrants will receive priority.)

Copyright 101
A crash course introduction to copyright law for librarians.
Peter Hirtle, Intellectual Property Officer, Cornell University

Creative Commons 101
An introduction to the Creative Commons as an alternative to traditional copyright and licensing schemes.
Fred Benenson, Creative Commons Fellow and founder of Free Culture @ NYU.

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM        Reception

Presenter Bios

Fred Benenson
While studying Philosophy and Computer Science, Fred co-founded the Free Culture @ NYU chapter of, an international student movement and is currently serves on the board. After graduating from NYU in 2005, he interned at Creative Commons in San Francisco and then moved back to NYC to stage the first-of-their-kind DRM protests, and organize several other related public events, all receiving national media attention. During the summer of 2006 Fred was the Creative Commons Cultural Fellow and worked with organizations, schools, and major art institutions in New York to help shape their copyright policies through the use of Creative Commons licenses. He regularly travels the country to speak on these topics and is currently working on his masters at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program. He spends his spare time with the Rubik's cube, bicycles, and cameras. 

Liz Bishoff
Liz Bishoff is Special Assistant to the Dean of Libraries and Head of the Office of Sponsored Programs, University of Colorado-Boulder Library. Previously she was Vice President for Digital Collection Services at OCLC, and former Executive Director of the Colorado Digitization Program. Liz has worked with libraries and museums in several states including Alabama, Kansas, South and North Carolina, Missouri, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, and Tennessee on various aspects of their collaborative digitization initiatives. Liz led the development of collaborative best practices in metadata, including the Western States Metadata Dublin Core Best Practices.

Currently Liz is working with the Northeast Document Conservation Center on the development of Digital Preservation Readiness Assessment survey and manual. Through this work Liz and several colleagues have visited and interviewed museums, historical societies, and libraries of various sizes gathering current status and trends in digital preservation trends and approaches.

Bishoff has been a faculty for the NEDCC School for Scanning program. Liz holds an MLS from Rosary College, and has post-graduate work in public administration at Roosevelt University.

Susan Chun
Susan Chun is General Manager for Collections Information Planning at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Kenneth Hamma
Kenneth Hamma is Executive Director for Digital Policy and Initiatives at the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles.  He oversees the management of the Getty Trust Office of Insitutional Research, the Getty website, as well as strategic planning for information management across Getty programs including the Museum, Research Institute, Conservation Institute and Foundation.

He currently serves as a member of the Steering Committee of the Coalition for Networked Information; member of the advisory council for RLG Programs of OCLC; director of the Museum Domain Management Association, the sponsor of the museum TLD; and member of the advisory board of the American Association of Museum’s Nazi Era Provenance Internet Portal.  He has previously served as board member for the Art Museum Image Consortium, the Consortium for the Interchange of Museum Information, and the National Initiative for Networked Cultural Heritage.  He has also served as a member of the User Advisory Board for Gallery Systems and as advisor to EU project Artiste and board member for EU project musEnic.

He was from 1996 to 2004 Assistant Director and from 1987 to 1996 Associate Curator of Antiquities at the Getty Museum.

Peter B. Hirtle
Peter Hirtle is the Intellectual Property Officer for the Cornell University Library. He also serves as the Technology Strategist for the Library’s Public Services and Assessment Unit. Previously, he served as Director of the Cornell Institute for Digital Collections where he explored the use of emerging technologies to expand access to cultural and scientific sources through the development and management of distinctive digital collections.  He is a Fellow and Past President of the Society of American Archivists, and chairs its Working Group on Intellectual Property.  He was also a member of the Commission on Preservation and Access/Research Library Group's Task Force on Digital Archiving and the National Initiative for a Networked Cultural Heritage's Working Group on Best Practices in Networking Cultural Heritage.  A current member of the Copyright Office’s Section 108 Study Group, Hirtle is also a contributing author to the blog.

Jason Mazzone
Jason Mazzone is Associate Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School where he began his teaching career in 2003. Professor Mazzone teaches Constitutional Law, American Legal History and Criminal Procedure.

Mazzone is the author of Copyfraud, 81 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1026 (2006). The article argues that copyfraud—false claims to copyright in public domain materials—results in unnecessary payments for lawful reproductions and undermines creative expression. The article proposes changes to copyright law to deter the now common practice of copyfraud.

Mazzone received his A.B. and J.D. from Harvard University. He holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from Stanford University. He received the degrees of Master of Laws (LL.M.) and Doctor of the Science of Laws (J.S.D.) from Yale Law School. His dissertation, Organizing the Republic: Civic Associations and American Constitutionalism, 1780-1830, examines the role of early civic associations in creating a constitutional culture, and it is being revised for publication as a book.

James G. Neal
Jim Neal is currently the Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University, providing leadership for university academic computing and a system of twenty-five libraries. Previously, he served as the Dean of University Libraries at Indiana University and Johns Hopkins University, and held administrative positions in the libraries at Penn State, Notre Dame, and the City University of New York. At Columbia, he has focused in particular on the development of the digital library, special collections, global resources, instructional technology, building construction/renovation, and fundraising programs.

Neal has represented the American library community in testimony on copyright matters before Congressional committees and was an advisor to the U.S. delegation at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) diplomatic conference on copyright. He has worked on copyright policy and advisory groups for universities and for professional and higher education associations.

Rina Elster Pantalony
Rina Elster Pantalony, an intellectual property lawyer with the Canadian Justice Department, has worked on copyright and digital matters for the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canadian Heritage Information Network and the Virtual Museum of Canada since 1994.  In 2001, she was named intellectual property counsel to a joint Internet venture between the Tate Modern and The Museum of Modern Art.  Ms. Pantalony returned to the Canadian Department of Justice in 2002 as legal counsel to the Virtual Museum of Canada and is now legal counsel to the Library and Archives of Canada, carrying out her responsibilities from New York.

She is faculty at the Tisch School for the Arts, New York University where she teaches copyright law and policy in the Moving Image and Archive Preservation Program, a graduate program in the Department of Cinema Studies.  She has published and spoken extensively on intellectual property issues affecting cultural heritage and will be publishing a book about intellectual property management for cultural heritage institutions with the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Laura Quilter
Laura Quilter, Associate Counsel in the Brennan Center Democracy Program, practices in the field of copyright and information law. Before joining the Brennan Center, she was a private consultant and a fellow at the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic. Laura's research and practice particularly focuses on the rights of information users, including consumers, libraries, creators, and scientists.  She earned her law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, in 2003, and her library science degree from the University of Kentucky in 1993.

James Shulman
James Shulman serves as the Executive Director of ARTstor - a non-profit that provides 500,000 images, software, and services to over 650 colleges, universities, museums, and schools.  Prior to developing ARTstor, he worked at the Mellon Foundation for 10 years, writing about educational policy issues and the missions of not-for-profit institutions, and working in a range of research, administrative, and investment capacities.  He collaborated with William G. Bowen and Derek Bok on The Shape of the River: Long-term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions (1998) and wrote (with William Bowen) The Game of Life: College Sports and Educational Values (2001). From 1997-2002, he assisted in the management of the Foundation's endowment and internal budgeting.

Mr. Shulman received his BA and Ph.D. from Yale in Renaissance Studies. His dissertation was published as The Pale Cast of Thought: Hesitation and Decision in the Renaissance Epic.  He also has written the introduction to Robert K. Merton's The Travels and Adventures of Serendipity.

Siva Vaidhyanathan
Siva Vaidhyanathan, a cultural historian and media scholar, is the author of Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity (New York University Press, 2001) and The Anarchist in the Library: How the Clash between Freedom and Control is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the System (Basic Books, 2004). Vaidhyanathan has written for many periodicals, including American Scholar, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times Magazine, MSNBC.COM,,, and The Nation. After five years as a professional journalist, Vaidhyanathan earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. He has taught at Wesleyan University, the University of Wisconsin at Madison , Columbia University, and is currently an associate professor of Culture and Communication at New York University and a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities. He lives in Greenwich Village, USA.

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