Scholarly Communication Program to Host Experts on Copyright and Scholarship

(NEW YORK, March 18, 2009) Experts in scholarly publishing and copyright law will speak at Columbia University at "Know Your Rights: Who Really Owns Your Scholarly Works?" The panel discussion, sponsored by Columbia University's Scholarly Communication Program, will take place on Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at 3 p.m. in Davis Auditorium, Shapiro Center on Columbia's Morningside Campus, and is free and open to the public.

The panelists include Heather Joseph, who has been Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) since 2005. She is also the spokesperson for the Alliance for Taxpayer Access, a coalition that has been a leading voice on U.S. open access legislation. Previously, she spent 15 years as a scientific journal publisher for both commercial and not-for-profit publishing organizations.

Also speaking is Michael Carroll, Visiting Professor of Law at American University's Washington College of Law, who specializes in Intellectual Property Law and Cyberlaw. An active advocate for open access to the scientific and scholarly literature, he is a founding member of the Board of Directors of Creative Commons and author of the blog, Carrollogos.

Panelist Kenneth Crews is Director of the Copyright Advisory Office, based at Columbia University. His research focuses on copyright issues, particularly as they relate to the needs of scholarship at the University. He is the author of several books and articles on copyright law and teaches at Columbia Law School and at an advanced degree program in Munich, Germany.

Panelists will discuss how scholars and researchers can take full advantage of opportunities afforded by digital technology in today's legal environment, and suggest ways to advocate for positive change.

"Know Your Rights" is the final event for this academic year of Research without Borders: The Changing World of Scholarly Communication, a speaker series organized by the Scholarly Communication Program of Columbia University Libraries/Information Services. Follow the live event remotely via Twitter at Watch video of all events on the Scholarly Communication Program site and Columbia University's iTunesU page. For information, please email Kathryn Pope at, or visit

The Scholarly Communication Program is an initiative of the Columbia University Libraries/Information Services' Center for Digital Research and Scholarship. Established in April 2008 to encourage discussion about and innovative solutions to scholarly communication issues, the Program aims to support faculty members, librarians, staff, and students as they consider their options for creating, distributing, evaluating, reusing, and preserving new knowledge in a rapidly changing communications environment.

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