ScioDC #15: Copyright, Fair Use, and Online Usage in the Science World

When: June 1, 2016 at 5:30pm - 7:30pm EDT - This event has passed
ScioDC #15: Copyright, Fair Use, and Online Usage in the Science World


Event is free, but please register


Intellectual property is one of the most challenging areas in online media today, especially for those within the scientific community. Scientific content is being used for education, branding, marketing, and sharing of data, but there is a lack of clarity about what is allowed and what is forbidden. Should anything paid for by government funding be usable by anyone? Is private content shareable to the world once released online? And what exactly is “fair use?”

At the next ScioDC event, we will explore how copyright is being used (and abused) when dealing with scientific content online. In particular, we want to examine:

  • What do science folks know (and need to know) about copyright?
  • What is fair use? How is it being applied with respect to scientific content?
  • How have other industries tackled this issue?
  • How can you tell when you can reuse something you’ve found?

To help with the discussion, we’ve lined up several expert panelists.


Aurelia Schultz, US Copyright Office
Puneet Kishor, IT consultant and self-proclaimed Creative Commoner

Ashley Messenger, Senior Associate General Counsel, NPR
John Wilbanks, Chief Commons Officer at Sage Bionetworks

This event will be of particular interest to those in publishing and media fields. We invite anyone to come share their viewpoint as either a content creator or a user.


5:30pm  Gather for pizza and refreshments
6:00pm  Discussion starts
7:30pm  It’s a wrap!


Follow the ScienceOnlineDC (@ScioDC) organizers on Twitter:

Geoff Hunt (@TheGeoffHunt)

Rachel Pepling (@rachelpep)

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