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Local History and the Law

February 21, 2014

Three Workshops on Defining Legal Rights and Ownership Over History and Historic Preservation Projects

Plus a Bonus Session on the Vast Research Materials Held by the DC Public Library

The 2014 DC Community Heritage Project* Workshop series will provide a practical guide to the legal aspects of developing and distributing your local Washington, DC history project. Whether you are collecting a historic photograph archive, shooting a documentary film, or collecting your neighbors oral histories, this series of hour long seminars will help you better understand how to control public access to your work. Even if your ultimate goal is to make your research freely available to as many people as possible, this series can help you learn to submit your work to the public domain or collect the appropriate documentation from archives and oral history narrators.

Defining Rights, Disseminating Knowledge – Tuesday, March 18 6:30-7:30pm

Facilitator: Laura Possessky

Digital rights, Creative Commons, Open Source, Public Domain! Even when your mission is to disseminate the results of your creative inquiry as widely as possible, it can be advantageous CCto define the legal rights associated with your project. Researchers and educators can save valuable time when materials are designated with one of a variety of Creative Commons licenses. Join Laura Possessky, an attorney with experience in copyright and intellectual property law, for this workshop that will help scholars and artists learn how they can best ensure that their work is experienced and enjoyed by the largest possible audience.

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Take the Lid Off Your Oral History Project – Wednesday, March 19, 6:30-7:30pm

Facilitators: Anna Kaplan and Laura Possessky

The most moving and informative oral history project can be rendered valueless by a poor understanding of copyright and intellectual property law. Professional oral historians and attorneys will give participants a practical guide, and an understanding of how to prevent legal fears and insecurities from interfering with the collection of a priceless interview.

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Distributing Media Projects – Thursday, March 20, 6:30-7:30pm

Facilitator: Melissa Houghton, Executive Director of Women in Film and Video, and Laura Possessky

Negotiating distribution rights can be a major headache, but it can also put the brakes on a Camerawomanscholar or organization’s mission to educate the public. Don’t let burdensome contracts, or slow approval processes prevent your message from getting out there. Representatives from the content production and distribution fields will provide information on best practices and will help participants navigate this, often opaque process.

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Special Bonus Workshop – Research and Reference Resources at the DC Public Library – Saturday, March 22, 10am-1pm

Facilitator: David Quick, Librarian

Librarians and archivists will demonstrate the DC Public Library’s range of historical resources. Aimed at giving attendees the necessary skills to use these research tools on their own, these sessions will feature the DCPL main catalog, online research databases, local history collections in the Washingtoniana Division, and a basic orientation to digital production tools in the Digital Commons.

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DC Community Heritage Project Grants Workshops

Each of the above seminars will be followed by a brief workshop on the DC Community Heritage Project Grant, a history and heritage preservation funding opportunity co-sponsored by the Humanities Council, the DC Historic Preservation Office, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. The workshop will guide prospective grantees through the application process and provide a deeper understanding of the grant’s aims and requirements.

* This program was supported through a Historic Preservation Fund Grant administered by the National Park Service, Department of Interior. Funds were used for the identification, protection, and/or rehabilitation of historic properties and cultural resources in the District of Columbia. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, or disability in its federally assisted programs. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to: Office of Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20240.