Kenneth Crews to Give Talk on "Protecting Your Scholarship: Copyrights, Publication Agreements, and Open Access"

NEW YORK, October 23, 2008 Columbia’s Science and Technology Ventures (STV) is sponsoring a talk by Dr. Kenneth Crews, Director of the Copyright Advisory Office at Columbia University. Dr. Crews will lead a lively discussion entitled “Protecting Your Scholarship: Copyrights, Publication Agreements, and Open Access” on Wednesday, October 29 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in Room 569 Lerner Hall on Columbia’s Morningside campus. Seating is limited; please RSVP by email to

Copyrightable works include the traditional products of academic activity and inquiry, including books, articles, lectures and class notes, as well as software, databases, websites, schematics, drawings, blueprints, renderings, movies, songs, lyrics, sculpture, choreography, landscape designs, and many other products of human creativity. As more channels become available for access to these works, the issues surrounding control and use are becoming ever more complex. Dr. Crews will provide an engaging review of the issues affecting authors and creators of copyrightable works.

Kenneth Crews is the founding director of Columbia's Copyright Advisory Office (CAO), formed in January 2008. The CAO provides educational and consultative support on matters pertaining to copyright law and the research, teaching, and service mission of the University. Dr. Crews is a nationally recognized scholar and an engaging speaker on this topic, in demand at leading colleges and universities worldwide. Crews received his PhD and MLS from UCLA, his JD from Washington University, and a BA in history from Northwestern. Prior to his career in academia, which has included appointments on the faculties of business, law, and library and information sciences, Dr. Crews practiced corporate and entertainment law in Los Angeles.

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