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State Government Information and the Copyright Conundrum

Presentation at Best Practices Exchange Conference. December 5, 2012

Kris Kasianovitz

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Transcript of State Government Information and the Copyright Conundrum

State Government Information and
the Copyright Conundrum

Best Practices Exchange Conference
December 5, 2012
Kris Kasianovitz <krisk11@stanford.edu>
Government Information Librarian
Stanford University Libraries
State Government Information and the Copyright Conundrum. by Kris Kasianovitz is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at http://prezi.com/ot-2e7z_cxea/state-government-information-and-the-copyright-conundrum/?kw=view-ot-2e7z_cxea&rc=ref-10063503.
Proverbial Problem:
Q: Are state government documents in the public domain?
Credit: University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Public Domain and Creative Commons: A Guide to Works You Can Use Freely http://libguides.lib.umt.edu/content.php?pid=119432&sid=1042292
Bobby Glushko <rglushko@umich.edu>
Associate Librarian
University of Michigan Library Copyright Office
Straw Polls
Amend Federal Copyright Law
Create a State Government Information Clearinghouse on Copyright (utilize AALLs National Inventory of Legal Materials)
States utilize Creative Commons Public Domain, CCO1, or other license
HathiTrust Permissions Form
Status Quo
A: This will depend on the laws of the state and/or the respective state government entity which created the document you'd like to use. You must double check these state laws to be sure. In [insert state name here], it's best to contact the government entity that created the document to learn more about its usage rights: http://msl.mt.gov/For_State_Employees/State_Publications/usagerights.asp.
There’s a state government document in HathiTrust that I want. Can you make it available?
If you have a particular document you want to see made available, please cite to the relevant departmental or state policy governing copyright in that document and send that information to HathiTrust. Currently, we are beginning to systemically investigate the status of state government documents in the HathiTrust and are in the early stages of a project to make determinations about the copyright status of state government documents.

I am a state employee. How can I have my departments documents opened?
If you are a state employee with the capacity to grant permission to HathiTrust to make some or all of your department’s documents available, you can identify the documents and give us permission with the HathiTrust permissions form. If you are unsure whether you have the authority to make such a declaration, feel free to contact us and we will help you through the process.
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