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Copyright Guides for Software Collections—Free October 4 Webinar

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Would you like to learn how you can provide access to software by using library exceptions to copyright alongside fair use and fair dealing? Join this free webinar on Tuesday, October 4, at 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT, co-hosted by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), and the Software Preservation Network (SPN).

The Copyright Acts in Canada and the United States contain exceptions for libraries, archives, and (in Canada) museums for the use of software collections. The SPN Law & Policy Working Group has created two new guides to using these exceptions, Section 108 and Software Collections: A User’s Guide and Section 30.1 and Software Collections: A User’s Guide. This webinar will explore these guides to Section 108 and 30.1 and discuss how these and other exceptions can be applied within your institutions for managing software collections.


Ana Enriquez, Interim Head, Scholarly Communications and Copyright, Penn State University Libraries

Graeme Slaght, Scholarly Communications & Copyright Outreach Librarian, University of Toronto Libraries


About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of research libraries in Canada and the US whose vision is to create a trusted, equitable, and inclusive research and learning ecosystem and prepare library leaders to advance this work in strategic partnership with member libraries and other organizations worldwide. ARL’s mission is to empower and advocate for research libraries and archives to shape, influence, and implement institutional, national, and international policy. ARL develops the next generation of leaders and enables strategic cooperation among partner institutions to benefit scholarship and society. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.

About the Canadian Association of Research Libraries

CARL members include Canada’s twenty-nine largest university libraries as well as two national libraries. Enhancing research and higher education are at the heart of its mission. CARL develops the capacity to support this mission, promotes effective and sustainable scholarly communication, and advocates for public policy that enables broad access to scholarly information.

About the Software Preservation Network

The Software Preservation Network (SPN) is a leading organization established to advance software preservation through collective action. SPN preserves software through its Affiliated Projects, Strategic Partnerships, and member engagement across five core activity areas. SPN believes that software should be curated and preserved because it is both: a dependency to access existing digital data and because it has intrinsic cultural value due to its mediating role in our lives. Software is critical information infrastructure.