Society of Georgia ArchivistsPreserving the past and present for the future.

Copyright, our problematic friend: Problems with copyright and what you can do about them

  • 19 Oct 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Zoom
  • 5


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Archivists are often concerned about what copyright and fair use allow them to do. While this is a relevant question, a better one might be what’s wrong with copyright that it generates so much concern and fear. Modern US copyright is about maximizing control for right holders and encouraging the need for idea generation while discouraging sharing and criticism. This workshop will discuss the nature of modern copyright law and how archives can encourage new approaches to sharing information within that law. Topics include problematic approaches to acquiring rights, sharing rights with donors, liberally applying fair use, arguments to use with risk averse council, and generally how to work with the problematic nature of modern US Copyright Law.


Joshua Kitchens is the Director of the Clayton State Archival Studies program. Josh teaches a variety of courses at Clayton State that cover archival topics including Digital Preservation, Law and Ethics, Appraisal, and various special topics courses. Currently, Josh is researching appraisal practices and representation/access to archival collections and public records.

Josh previously served as an Archivists for Special Collections at the Georgia College Ina Dillard Russell Library. There he was responsible for digital collections, the library’s institutional repository known as the Knowledge Box and university archives. He holds a BA in history from Georgia College and an MA in Applied History from George Mason University, and a Masters of Archival Studies from Clayton State University. Joshua is currently working on a Ph.D. in public history at Georgia State University.

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