Copyright, Art & Wikipedia–April 21 and 26 at Columbia

The public is invited to attend the following presentations and discussions of copyright issues as they relate to artworks, the internet, and Wikipedia. Liam Wyatt of Wikipedia presenting on an innovative proposal for analyzing copyright and licensing in art museums. Each session is one hour and is open to everyone interested in the issues.

TOPIC: Wikipedia, Museums, Libraries, and Access to Art Collections

WHEN: Wed., April 21, 2010 ~ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
WHERE: 203 Butler Library, Morningside Heights Campus, Columbia University

WHEN: Monday, April 26 2010 : 11:00 am – Noon
WHERE: Columbia Law School, W&J Warren Hall, Room 101.

SPEAKER: Liam Wyatt
Liam Wyatt is the Vice President of Wikimedia Australia and an info-philanthropy advocate. He received the University of New South Wales medal in history for his thesis on the Academic Lineage of Wikipedia. He works to try to find the common ground between the museum, education and Wikimedia communities. Previously he was the multimedia coordinator for the Dictionary of Sydney and Project officer for the Australasian Legal Information Institute. Liam will be visiting Columbia after a stop in Denver, where he will be leading the Wikimedia session as part of the “Museums and the Web” conference. He is en route to London, where he will be the inaugural “Wikipedian in Residence” at the British Museum.

SPONSORS: Copyright Advisory Office and the Libraries Digital Program Division

The availability of art images through Wikimedia and other openly accessible sources is often defined and controlled by license agreements and institutional policies asserted by museums and even libraries that hold the original art collections. Re-evaluation and critical examination of policies that will enable museums to better contribute to and use Wikipedia or Wikimedia Commons, and for the Wikimedia community to benefit from the expertise in museums. This session will provide a close look at rules, guidelines and examples that can be clarified to order to promote active engagement between the keepers of the collections and the scholars, publishers, and other members of the public who seek to benefit from them.