Register Now! Zoom Workshop on Intellectual Property Rights and Visual Media

Registration is now open for this year’s final VRA Regional Workshop “Can We Do That?: Intellectual Property Rights and Visual Media.” Learn about copyright law as it relates to visual media specifically in the context of cultural heritage collections within academic, archival, library, gallery and museum environments.


Can We Do That?: Intellectual Property Rights and Visual Media

Online workshop held via Zoom

Instructor: Anne M. Young

Date and Time: November 17th, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET

Attendees cap: 40

Workshop fee: $50

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This workshop is aimed at helping information, academic, archives, and cultural heritage professionals navigate the murky waters of US copyright law as it relates to visual media. Through both lecture and small-group exercises, we will answer common questions such as: How do I know whether something is protected by copyright? What is fair use and how can I apply it? What copyright exceptions are available for library or archival use? How can I clear a copyright? How do I navigate and negotiate licensing agreements? Aimed at providing real-world applications within the academic, archival, library, gallery and museum environments, this workshop will use relevant case studies to explore issues such as educational and scholarly usage, securing academic publication rights (including for online use), creative reuse, fair use guidelines, VARA and moral rights, licensing from vendors and rights holders, and the public domain. Participants will also be introduced to tools and resources to help them and their constituents in making decisions regarding the appropriate use and dissemination of visual media.”



Anne M. Young is the editor and a contributing author of Rights and Reproductions: The Handbook for Cultural Institutions, the second edition of which was published in 2019. This publication is the first comprehensive resource to focus solely on the rights and reproductions guidelines, established standards, and emerging best practices at cultural institutions. Young received the Visual Resources Association’s Nancy DeLaurier Award in 2017 for her editorial work on the first edition. Young is currently the Director of Legal Affairs and Intellectual Property at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, where she provides guidance and interpretation on a variety of institutional standards, policies, and procedures, including: intellectual property, contracting, cultural patrimony, repatriation, and overall risk mitigation She formerly worked at the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and George Eastman Museum. Anne has extensive experience in teaching about rights and reproductions matters for the museum community. Additionally, Young currently serves on the Advisory Board and as Faculty for the Open Copyright Education Advisory Network (OCEAN). She previously chaired the Rights and Reproductions Professional Practices committee of the American Alliance of Museum (AAM) from 2012 to 2018, was chair-elect of AAM’s Collections Stewardship Professional Network from 2021 to 2023, and served on the College Art Association’s Committee on Intellectual Property from 2018 to 2021. Young holds a Master of Jurisprudence focused on intellectual property, art, and museum law from Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law, a Master of Arts in photographic preservation and collections management from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University), and a Bachelor of Arts in art history and studio art (photography) from Indiana University.


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