Copyright & Art Issues
Revised & Updated:
August 12, 2011


Copyright Town Meetings organized by NINCH [National Initiative for a Networked Cultural Heritage] with support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation:

2003 Series




February 22

New York, NY

Digital Publishing: A Practical Guide to Rights Challenges in the Electronic Environment for Artists, Museums, Authors, Publishers and Readers
See also: Robert Baron's program notes for this and two additional sessions on Intellectual Property and Academic Publishing in the 21st Century scheduled for Friday and Saturday, February 21 and 22, 2003, at the New York Hilton

College Art Association Conference with generous support from Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C.

April 12

Cleveland, OH

Copyright for Artists and the Public: Artists Rights and Art's Rights

Cleveland Museum of Art, Case Western Center for Law, Technology and the Arts, and Americans for the Arts

May 22

Portland, OR

Creating Museum IP Policy in a Digital World

American Association of Museums Conference, cosponsored by the Canadian Heritage Information Network and the Intellectual Property Section of the Oregon State Bar


2002 Series




March 23

St. Louis, MO

The Changing Research and Collections Environment: The Information Commons Today

Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and Visual Resources Association (VRA) joint meeting

September 7

Toronto, ONTARIO

The Creation of Copyright Policy in Museums [Meeting Report]

Museum Computer Network annual conference

September 30

Atlanta, GA

Media Issues in the Digital Age: Copyright Strategies for Owners and Users

Georgia Institute of Technology


2001 Series




March 3

Chicago, IL

Licensing Initiatives for Scholars and Teachers: Contributions from the Copyright Industry and Other Resources [Meeting Report]

College Art Association Conference

April 25

Houston, TX

Copyright Perspectives [Meeting Report]

Rice University

June 28

Denver, CO

Copyright & Primary Source Materials [Meeting Report]

Western States Digitization Conference

September 24

New York, NY

Intellectual Property and Multimedia in the Digital Age [Meeting Report]

New York Public Library

October 27

Cincinnati, OH

New Strategies [Meeting Report]

Museum Computer Network (MCN) Conference

November 19

Eugene, OR

Creating Policy [Meeting Report]

University of Oregon


2000 Series




January 11

Chicago, IL

The Public Domain [Meeting Report]

The Chicago Historical Society

February 4

Syracuse, NY

Access: The DMCA and Digital Copyright Issues [Meeting Report]

Syracuse University

February 26

New York, NY

Tug of War between Faculty, University, and Publisher [Meeting Report]

The Museum of Modern Art/College Art Association Conference

March 7

Chapel Hill, NC

Distance Education [Meeting Report]

Friday Center, Triangle Research Libraries Network

April 5

San Francisco, CA

The Public Domain: Implied, Inferred and In Fact [Meeting Report]

Cathedral Hill Hotel, Visual Resources Association Conference

May 18

Baltimore, MD

Copyright Confusion? Community Guides [Meeting Report]

Convention Center, American Association of Museums Annual Meeting

Full 2000 Series Report


First Series*




February 16, 1997

New York, NY

Fair Use of Digital Images [Meeting Report]

Cooper Union/College Art Association

April 4, 1997

Indianapolis, IN

Fair Use, Education and Libraries [Meeting Report]

The Indiana University Institute for the Study of Intellectual Property and Education, Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis

April 27, 1997

Atlanta, GA

Fair Use of Digital Images [Meeting Report]

American Association of Museums

September 26, 1997

Portland, OR

Copyright Law in the Digital World: Fair Use, Education and Libraries after CONFU [Meeting Report]

Reed College

February 26, 1998

Toronto, Ontario

Copyright and Fair Use in the Digital World: Views from the Worlds of Scholarship, Publishing and Museums. Including Copyright Initiatives and Resource Delivery [Meeting Report]

Royal York Hotel, College Art Association Annual Meeting

*organized by the College Art Association and the American Council of Learned Societies with assistance from NINCH (National Initiative for a Networked Cultural Heritage).
Full 1997-1998 Series Report; see also: Themes in the Town Meetings, by David Green


See CONFU for documents and reports related to the Conference on Fair Use. In addition to meetings, many organizations hosted VIDEOCONFERENCES as a way to educate the public about the effects and consequences of CONFU.

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