Understanding copyright in a digital environment

Digital technologies offer infinite opportunities for archive services to connect with audiences, record creators and wider stakeholders.

However, copyright legislation impacts on all aspects of this digital world in diverse and complex ways.  This course for archivists provides a comprehensive overview of copyright management, protection and exploitation in a digital context. It includes modules on social media and Creative Commons licences.

The course will run between 10am and 1pm on Tuesday 4th May 2021 and Wednesday 5th May 2021 and over the course of two half days this remote training course will enable participants to:

  • Understand the basic principles of copyright and identify what types of work are protected by copyright
  • Establish authorship, ownership and duration of copyright in different types of works
  • Review rights clearance process in relation to content digitisation
  • Compare the different exceptions to copyright and how they apply to archives
  • Identify the differences between assignments and licences within the context of clearing rights for digitisation
  • Examine how to deal with infringements
  • Discuss the management of orphan works and how to mitigate risks
  • Review key hot topics in copyright, including social media and Creative Commons
  • Be guided to content can be used for free
  • Determine best practice for using digital assets management
  • Explore case studies as they apply to different situations

Full details of the course timetable are downloadable below.


The course will be delivered by Debbie McDonnell, Senior Consultant of Naomi Korn Associates. Debbie has worked in copyright for 20 years and is an experienced copyright trainer. She currently works as Intellectual Property Manager at the British Council and was previously Intellectual Property Manager at the Imperial War Museums She is an active member of the Museums IP network, the London Copyright Community of Practice for Universities and the Government Department Copyright Practitioners Group.

Naomi Korn Associates is one of the most experienced and trusted providers of information law related training and consultancy services for archivists, librarians, curators and information professionals in the UK.


The cost of the course is £15 per individual delegate for organisations that are members of AWM.  For non-members the cost is £50 per delegate. An organisation can send as many delegates as it wishes. However, because the numbers on the course are limited priority will be given to AWM members. Non-members wishing to attend will be put on a waiting list until all AWM members have had an opportunity to book.

If you would like to book places please contact the AWM Administrator, Katherine Seddon at seddonkatherine@gmail.com.  Please let Katherine know which collections management system and/or digital asset management system your organisation uses as Debbie will shape her training to address specific CMS and DAMS.  Full joining details will be provided on booking.


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