Copyright for Librarians, Scholars, & Educators
Members of the Subcommittee on Copyright Issues are dedicated to the aims of education and training in copyright for the benefit of librarians, scholars, and educators in the field of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.
In the last fifteen years, copyright relations between the U.S. and the nations of the Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia have assumed a more complex character for several reasons. First, most of these nations joined the Berne Convention after the fall of Communism. Second, the U.S. , and many Central, East European and Eurasian nations, implemented the TRIPS Agreement of the World Trade Organization, which requires a higher level of compliance with terms of the Berne Convention. Third, all of these nations enacted new national copyright laws, or amended existing laws, resulting in an additionally complex legal environment. Some are amending their laws again to comply with European Union directives and legal norms. This has changed the way we need to deal with copyright for materials from these countries.
Given the need for expertise in copyright for Slavic and East European materials, it is appropriate that a ASEEES committee should be permanently dedicated to the task of education and training of U.S. librarians and scholars. Librarians handling material created or published in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia need to be aware of how copyrighted materials from Slavic and East European nations may be used in the U.S. , both out of concern for users who may approach them with questions, and for their own library needs. This issue is becoming particularly important as libraries create more original digital content, as they endeavor to improve access to the content of other copyright holders through digitization initiatives, and as educational institutions adopt scholarly publishing models based on electronic delivery. Scholars increasingly face copyright dilemmas in digitization projects, when creating websites, and in publications utilizing copyrighted works.