The Copyright Advisory Office (CAO) was established at Columbia University in January 2008, and its mission will surely evolve in the coming years. Its central function, however, is to address in an innovative, creative, and pragmatic manner the relationship between copyright law and the work of the university community. In all of our research, teaching, and service, we are constantly creating and using a rich variety of materials that are protected under copyright law. Because of the expansive and automatic application of modern copyright law, questions about ownership, management, and fair use of protected works frequently arise at the university. The CAO offers guidance and educational services to help the wider community address copyright issues in furtherance of the university’s information objectives. The CAO director, Dr. Kenneth Crews, is available to meet with university colleagues to discuss issues such as fair use, digital libraries, and publication agreements.
Dr. Crews continues to advance these objectives through participation in initiatives and programs in the United States and abroad. To learn more, you can join Dr. Crews on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.