16.169 online workshop: The Shrinking Public Domain

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 169.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2002 07:01:11 -0700
             From: "Olga Francois" <ofrancois@umuc.edu>
             Subject: The Shrinking Public Domain: an Online Workshop


    The Center for Intellectual Property at the University of Maryland
    University College is hosting an asynchronous online workshop series
    that is of interest to faculty, university counsel, librarians,
    instructional design and information professionals. The first workshop
    offered this year is titled The Shrinking Public Domain.

    The Shrinking Public Domain
    September 16- October 4, 2002
    Moderated by Laura (Lolly) Gasaway, Esq
    Director, Law Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    There is considerable concern among academics and copyright scholars
    that the public domain is being treated as a commodity, thereby
    resulting in the loss of access to users and others who appreciate great
    scholarly, literary, musical and audiovisual works. This workshop will
    explore this complex issue particularly as it relates to the use of
    digital information in the teaching and learning enterprise.

    Goals for the course:
           *Develop an understanding and appreciation for the public domain.
           *Learn how to determine whether a work is in the public domain.
           *Explore the relationship between the public domain and academic
           *Explore why the public domain is shrinking.
           *Identify strategies for changing the trend.
           *Consider alternatives to the public domain.

    The online workshops will each last approximately three weeks, providing
    the participants with an in-depth understanding of core intellectual
    property issues facing higher education. They will include course
    readings, chats and online discussions. Participants will receive daily
    response and feedback from the workshop moderators. Please visit the web
    site for all course objectives:

    Register early since space is limited. Early Registration is $125 each,
    Regular $150 each, Two workshops $225, Three workshops is only $300! A
    significant discount is given for full time graduate students until
    places are filled; please consult the website for details. To register
    online- http://www.umuc.edu/distance/odell/cip/ipa2002
    For additional information call 301-985-7777 or visit our web site at

    -Olga Francois
    Center for Intellectual Property
    University of Maryland University College

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