Copyright in Images

  • 16 Nov 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Online. Instructions will be sent upon registration.
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The AAO’s Professional Development Committee presents

Copyright in Images

Canada's Copyright Act places paintings, drawings, photographs, maps, and architectural plans in the category of “artistic works,” but they are not all subject to the same copyright rules. Photographs have been subject to different rules; although the 2012 amendments to the Copyright Act removed some of the inconsistencies, the copyright provisions pertaining to photographs are still complex and not always easy to understand.

This one-day workshop presents the copyright provisions that apply specifically to all types of “artistic works”. The course concludes with a case study that gives participants an opportunity to apply the rules. This course will be of interest to librarians, archivists, and museum/gallery curators; photographers and artists wishing to protect their rights; and anyone who uses photographs or other images to illustrate their work in print or online.

This workshop provides an overview of how copyright law works and presents the copyright provisions (including relevant case law) that determine duration and ownership of copyright and the respective rights of copyright owners and users of copyrighted material (including fair dealing and the exceptions for libraries, archives, and museums).

Participants will learn:

  • How copyright law generally works and the challenges of applying it in the digital environment.
  • The provisions of the Canadian Copyright Act that apply to images (photos, paintings, drawings, maps and plans).
  • How to systematically analyze a copyright question.

Format:           Lecture, examples, handouts, discussion.

When:             16 November 2021, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Where:            Online. Instructions will be sent upon registration.


$150 (AAO members*)

$100 (AAO student members)

$240 (non-members)

*Institutional members can register 3 individuals at the members rate

About the Instructor: Jean Dryden, MA, MLS, LLM(IP), PhD is a well-known copyright educator, Jean has presented scores of workshops on copyright to archivists, librarians, and educators. She has over twenty-five years of experience as a staff archivist and archival administrator. Her doctoral dissertation (Toronto, 2008) investigated the copyright practices of Canadian archival repositories in making their holdings available on the Internet. In 2015, she completed a Master of Laws degree specializing in intellectual property at Osgoode Hall Law School. Jean is the author of Demystifying Copyright: A Researcher's Guide to Copyright in Canadian Libraries and Archives, 2nd ed. She represents the International Council on Archives (ICA) at the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Copyright Committee, and is a member of the ICA’s Expert Group on Legal Matters.

Registration: Maximum number of registered participants: 25

Please note that this workshop requires a minimum of 10 participants to have registered by November 2, 2021 at 11:59 EST. In case of cancellation, please consult the AAO’s cancellation policy

Recording: This workshop will NOT be recorded.

Please be advised that AAO workshops and events are governed by the AAO’s Code of Conduct.

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