“Research Without Borders” Panel to Discuss Fair Use in Art and Photography

Please join Columbia University Libraries/Information Services’ Center for Digital Research and Scholarship’s Scholarly Communication Program and the Copyright Advisory Office for “Research Without Borders: Fair Use, Appropriation Art and Photography”, the third event of the academic year in our Research Without Borders panel discussion series. This event will take place from 2-4pm on Monday, February 23, 2015 in Garden Room 2 on the 1st Floor of Columbia’s Faculty House. It is free and open to the public. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to lwilliams@columbia.edu.

“Fair use” allows the use of copyrighted materials without permission from the copyright holder under certain circumstances, offering important opportunities for educators, researchers, and others to make reasonable use of copyrighted materials. Fair use is constantly evolving: laws around fair use apply differently to different users in different situations, and fair use determinations in courts need to be made on a case-by-case basis. To mark Fair Use Week 2015, a community celebration of fair use coordinated by the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship’s Scholarly Communication Program and the Copyright Advisory Office are hosting a panel discussion around freedom of expression in art and photography as it relates to fair use. Panelists will discuss fair use from different perspectives in librarianship, copyright law, photojournalism, and copyright activism, and explore the opportunities and impediments that fair use in art and photography presents.

Our panelists:

Greg Cram (@GregCram), Associate Director of Copyright and Information Policy at The New York Public Library. Greg works to make the Library’s collections broadly available to researchers and the public at large, and is responsible for developing and implementing policy and practices around the use of the Library’s collections, both online and in the Library’s physical spaces. Greg has helped steer projects through a maze of complex intellectual property issues, including the recent release of more than 20,000 high-resolution images of public domain maps. Greg is a licensed attorney in New York and Massachusetts and has represented the New York Public Library in advocating for better copyright policy, testifying before Congress about the first sale doctrine and before the United States Copyright Office about orphan works.

Rachelle Browne, Associate General Counsel, Smithsonian Institution and Adjunct Lecturer at Goucher College’s Masters in Arts Administration program. Rachelle is the co-chair of “Legal Issues in Museum Administration,” a course co-sponsored by the Smithsonian and the American Law Institute. She is a former staff attorney and attorney-advisor at the Federal Trade Commission, and general counsel to U.S. Virgin Islands Legislature and Department of Commerce.

Mickey H. Osterreicher (@nppalawyer), General Counsel for the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA); of Counsel to Hiscock & Barclay, LLP in the Media & First Amendment Law Practice Area. Mickey is on the governing board of the American Bar Association Communications Law Forum, the Media Law Resource Center (MLRC) newsgathering committee and the First Amendment Lawyers Association (FALA). Mickey is co-chair of the fair use subcommittee of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law section, and has drafted comments to the U.S. Copyright Office. Mickey is a Trustee of the Alexia Foundation, promoting world peace and cultural understanding through the power of photojournalism, and a member of the board of CEPA Gallery, a not-for-profit arts center. Mickey’s work has appeared in such publications as the New York Times and Time.

Parker Higgins (@xor), Director of Copyright Activism, Electronic Frontier Foundation. Parker specializes in issues at the intersection of freedom of speech and copyright, trademark, and patent law. At NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University, Parker developed a concentration of “Creativity, Freedom of Speech, and Intellectual Property”, and served on the board of the global Students for Free Culture organization and as the president of its NYU chapter. Parker previously worked for SoundCloud in Berlin, Germany.

Our moderator:

Rina Elster Pantalony, Director of Columbia University’s Copyright Advisory Office. In her role at the University, Rina creates awareness, understanding, and respect for copyright in the Columbia community. Rina is also Chair of the Standing Committee on Legal Affairs for the International Council of Museums, and is former faculty member at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Moving Image Archive Preservation Program, where she taught courses on copyright law and policy.


This event is the third event this academic year in our speaker series Research Without Borders: The Changing World of Scholarly Communication. It is co-sponsored by Columbia University Libraries/Information Services’ Scholarly Communication Program and the Copyright Advisory Office. Join the discussion on Twitter at #rwob and @ScholarlyComm. To watch a live webcast of the event, and for more information about Research Without Borders, visit the Scholarly Communication Program website at scholcomm.columbia.edu.


The Scholarly Communication Program (SCP) supports the global reach and impact of research produced at Columbia University. Its mission is to explore and raise awareness about new research tools, methods, and support services that are available to Columbia faculty, students, and staff. In pursuit of this mission, the SCP hosts events and workshops, curates news and resources on our Web site, and engages in innovative scholarly communication initiatives on campus and in the wider academic community. The SCP is an initiative of the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, which is part of Columbia University Libraries/Information Services.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services’ Copyright Advisory Office creates awareness, understanding and respect for copyright and copyright management practices, while advocating for a robust environment that promotes preservation, access, and scholarly communications.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services (CUL/IS) is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 12 million volumes, over 160,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers, including affiliates. CUL/IS employs more than 450 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources: library.columbia.edu.

A version of this press release can be found on the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship website here, and the Columbia University Libraries/Information Services website here.