Spring Events from the Open Copyright Education Advisory Network (OCEAN)

The Open Copyright Education Advisory Network (OCEAN) returns with a series of upcoming events on pressing copyright-related issues in fields from artificial intelligence to music. OCEAN, a collaborative effort from numerous archives, libraries, and museums, aims to provide comprehensive copyright education on issues that are critical to cultural heritage institutions, such as fair use and the public domain. Below are four offerings from OCEAN over the coming months, along with links to register for the events. As always, kindly review OCEAN’s Code of Conduct prior to participation in the Zoom sessions.

Session 1
Friday, April 12, 2024 at 12 p.m. EST on Zoom | Register to attend
Unlocking the Digital Age: The Musician’s Guide to Research, Publishing, and Copyright by Kathleen DeLaurenti and Andrea I. Copland
Please join authors Kathleen DeLaurenti and Andrea I. Copland who will discuss their new open educational resource (OER) publication about copyright, music, and research and respond to questions. Based on coursework developed at the Peabody Conservatory, this book serves as a crucial resource for early career musicians navigating the complexities of the digital era. This guide bridges the gap between creative practice and scholarly research, empowering musicians to confidently share and protect their work as they expand their performing lives beyond the concert stage as citizen artists. It offers a plain language resource that helps early career musicians understand where creative practice and creative research intersect and how to traverse information systems to share their work. As professional musicians and researchers, the authors’ experiences on stage and in academia makes this guide an indispensable tool for musicians aiming to thrive in the digital landscape. They welcome notice of adoptions, feedback, and errata reports.

Session 2
Friday, April 26, 2024 at 12 p.m. EST on Zoom | Register to attend
Exceptions to Copyright and Music
A panel of experts will discuss the potential of using copyright limitations and exceptions to preserve and provide access to music compositions and recordings found in collections.  In particular, how does a museum professional, librarian, or archivist harness the potential of ss.108, 110, and 107 and to what extent can they rely on these provisions to shelter their organizations from claims of infringement?  Finally, are there access models that appear to be working?  Panelists will discuss the legal provisions, then present access models currently in use. (Panelists will be announced shortly.)

Session 3
Friday, May 3, 2024 at 12 p.m. EST on Zoom | Register to attend
Copyright AI and TDM
There is no doubt that research institutions and copyright law have entered the age of artificial intelligence. Join a panel of experts that will tackle emerging copyright issues and the application of fair use to the development of artificial intelligence as distinguished from research using text and data mining (TDM) tools. (Panelists will be announced shortly.)

Session 4
Friday, May 17, 2024, at 11 a.m. EST on Zoom | Register to attend
Museums, Images, and Open Access
Did you know that the Royal Albert Museum in the U.K. now provides open access to images of objects and materials in their collection? This exciting new initiative, in partnership with the GLAM-E Lab at the University of Exeter, was announced by the museum in February 2024 and will allow people around the world to make new cultural discoveries. It is only the ninth cultural institution in the U.K. to adopt open access for all digital collections. Please join panelists from the GLAM-E Lab, the University of Exeter, and U.S. experts who will discuss open access as it applies to museum images.