Copyright Law for Cultural Institutions

The Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts is offering a course on copyright law for cultural institutions, July 25-August 5 2011, at the Tisch School, led by instructor Rina Pantalony.

According to a MIAPP announcement, the course will address the intellectual-property issues and related ethical

ones that surround the management, preservation, and dissemination of cultural material such as paper records and their digital surrogates, museum objects, film, video, and other ephemera in collecting institutions.

The course is for current students and for professionals who already work with cultural objects, providing either a refresher or an upgrade to existing knowledge and practice.

Questions to be addressed include: What legal and ethical rights may encumber cultural material? How do these rights affect the long-term exhibition of works in museum or archive collections? How are those rights cleared, and can these issues be managed effectively over time? What are the international considerations in dealing with content created in one jurisdiction, but exhibited or distributed in another?

The course includes an online component. Students will be required to analyze existing film, video, paper, or other cultural material, examine the intellectual property issues, present findings within existing standards of practice in the field, and use electronic means of communication (NYU Wikis, blog) to compare and contrast findings.

The intensive 3-credit graduate-level course will meet in person from 9-12 Monday-Friday between July 25-August 5, with an additional hour of online activities each day. More information about the course and instructions on how to register are online and questions can be directed to the MIAP Coordinator:, 212-998-1618.

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