Yesterday, I presented at the Society for California Archivst workshop on "Copyright in the Digital Age: Archivists and the Internet," organized in part by Brad Bauer at the Hoover Institute at Stanford. It was held at the San Francisco Public Library. It was a really nice day. The speakers included Tyler Ochoa from University of Santa Clara Law School and Megan Shaw Prelinger and Rick Prelinger from the Prelinger Archives. We also took a tour of the Prelinger's new library--which was amazing, and will blog about a little bit later.
The basic message from all speakers was to take more chances, to not be so conservative on choices (not be crazy or do illegal things, but not to be so timid either). Again, I will blog more about this soon. The day began with Tyler's talk on basics of copyright, and telling the archivst audience to be less risk-adverse, and giving them some suggestions of why this would be the case. Then I spoke about the unpublished public domain and suggested that more of these new materials should be used and available for use -- that they are free and clear for everyone to use now, but are still very under-utilized. Finally, the Prelingers spoke -- Rick about the film archive they have amassed (http://www.archive.org/details/prelinger) and Megan about the new library that has just opened that is focused on the experience of discovery within topics, rather than a cataloging system. The library is located in San Francisco. (I will blog more about the library soon too).
Some have asked for the PowerPoint presentation to be put online. I am tinkering with it for the SAA conference. Soon as it is more presentable, I will post, I promise. If you really want a copy before, feel free to email me.
It was a terrific day -- a very positive day, in an age that all is not always positive.