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05.24.2022 | SSP News & Releases

Live in Chicagoland? An Introduction to Copyright is just a short trip away!

If you live in Greater Chicago or nearby, our introduction to copyright is just a drive or train ride away! Join us at the Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk on June 2 for this valuable primer on a topic that is timely, complex, and often misunderstood. Held just prior to SSP’s 44th Annual Meeting (June 1–3), attendees are also invited to attend the evening keynote and reception. Special rates for librarians are available!

June 1, 2022 | 8:30–11:30 am
Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk | Chicago, IL

An Introduction to Copyright in Scholarly Communications

This seminar will introduce attendees to the basic principles of copyright as they apply to scholarly communications while also clearing up common misconceptions. Starting with a discussion of the debate surrounding the purpose of copyright—and who it protects—experts will address central issues and concepts such as the difference between plagiarism and violating copyright law, the definition of fair use, and CCBY licenses. We will also hold an open discussion of some common scenarios encountered by editors, publishers, authors, and researchers as well as the responsibilities of each stakeholder group in navigating (or enforcing) the rules. This seminar is a great way to remember what you’ve forgotten about copyright and to learn what you never knew!


  • Introduction: A Quick History of Copyright
  • Copyright Basics
  • Common Misconceptions about Copyright
  • Common Copyright Scenarios
  • Who Does Copyright Protect? An Introduction to the Debate
  • Discussion


  • Sara Benson, Copyright Librarian & Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Todd A. Carpenter, Executive Director, National Information Standards Organization
  • Patti O. Davis, Senior Product Manager, EBSCO Information Services
  • Liz Hamilton, Copyright Librarian, Northwestern University Libraries, Northwestern University
  • Marcie R. Kaufman, Senior Counsel, ITHAKA

Visit our Annual Meeting site for more details!

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