University Libraries offers summer workshops on Open Access, copyright topics

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The University Libraries’ Office of Scholarly Communications and Copyright has announced its summer slate of workshops covering Penn State’s new Open Access policy as well as copyright and fair use topics.

Offered May 27 through June 10, the free virtual workshops are open to Penn State students, faculty and staff. All workshops will be offered via Zoom. Participants should register via Penn State’s Learning Resource Network at the links provided.

For more information, contact Ana Enriquez, scholarly communications outreach librarian, at

Following is the complete list of summer 2020 workshops with registration links:

Penn State’s Open Access Policy — Thursday, May 28, 10 to 11 a.m. Register here.

Learn how to make your articles open and how to get a waiver of the policy if you do not wish to make an article open. Participants will practice using SHERPA/RoMEO to check the default terms of journals’ copyright agreements and learn how to use the Penn State Author’s Addendum to modify those defaults.

Introduction to Copyright series — May 27 through June 10

  • Part 1: What’s Protected? — Wednesday, May 27, 10 to 11 a.m. Register here.
  • Part 2: When You Don’t Need Permission — Wednesday, June 3, 10 to 11 a.m. Register here.
  • Part 3: Permission and Who Can Grant It — Wednesday, June 10, 10 to 11 a.m. Register here

Have you ever wondered how things enter the public domain? What rights do you have to control use of your work? What rights do you have to use someone else’s work? Learn more about copyright law in this interactive series. Participants will work in small groups to address hypothetical copyright questions and debrief their responses as a full group.

The series consists of three workshops. Part 1, “What’s Protected?” covers copyrightability, the public domain, and the rights of copyright holders. Part 2, “When You Don’t Need Permission,” addresses fair use and other user’s rights. Part 3, “Permission and Who Can Grant It,” discusses authorship, works for hire, Creative Commons licenses and seeking permission.

Fair Use Practice Session — Thursday, June 4, 2 to 3 p.m. Register here.

This workshop is intended for people who have completed Part 2 of the Introduction to Copyright series, “When You Don’t Need Permission.” Following a brief overview of fair use, the session will be devoted to discussing practice questions in small groups and debriefing them as a full group.

The Fair Use Factors: Their History and Application — Wednesday, June 10, 3 to 4 p.m. Register here.

This is an advanced workshop for those who have completed the Introduction to Copyright series. The language of the fair use factors has changed very little since the nineteenth century, but the doctrine of fair use has changed a great deal. Understanding the history of the factors — particularly their changing importance — is crucial to making accurate fair use decisions today. This workshop will focus on fair use cases from the last 40 years, tracing the relative importance of the four statutory factors and their subfactors. Participants will practice applying current fair use law to a series of practice questions.


Last Updated June 08, 2020