Projects of the U-M Library Copyright Office

Copyright Trivia Night


Copyright Trivia Night gives members of the university community an opportunity to enjoy each other's company and test their trivia knowledge.

Copyright Camp

2010, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017

Copyright Camp is a summer event organized by the Library Copyright Office. It has featured keynotes by Jessica Litman (2010), Deborah Wythe (2011), Michael Carroll (2013), Katherine Spelman (2016), and Mark Rifkin (2017).

Fair Use Week

20172018, 2019

Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week is an annual event sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries. The Library Copyright Office organizes events during the week (or alternate weeks, based on the U-M calendar) that celebrate fair use, the foremost user's right under U.S. copyright law.

Copyright Review Management System

2008-2011, 2011-2014, 2014-2016

The Copyright Review Management System (CRMS) supports copyright review of works in HathiTrust. Its creation was supported by three National Leadership Grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The first grant, LG-05-08-0141-08, supported the creation of a system to review books published in the United States and of a group of research libraries that contributed staff time to copyright review. It ran from December 2008 to November 2011. The second grant, LG-05-11-0150-11, continued support for that work and supported the creation of a new system to review books published in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. It ran from December 2011 to November 2014. A final grant, LG-05-14-0042-14, supported more work on non-U.S. publications, creation of a sustainable business plan for HathiTrust copyright determinations, and the preparation of a toolkit for institutions pursuing similar projects, Finding the Public Domain: Copyright Review Management System Toolkit. It ran from December 2014 to February 2016. Over the course of the three grants, the project identified over 300,000 public domain works in HathiTrust.

Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity (COPE)


In 2010, with the support and endorsement of the Provost's Office, the University of Michigan Library joined the Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity (COPE). The library made a two-year commitment to subsidize author publication fees for U-M authors publishing in open access journals. That program ended in March 2012 after all the funding had been allocated. It supported the publication of 39 articles.

Orphan Works Project


The Orphan Works Project was a project led by the Library Copyright Office to identify orphan works. Orphan works are works that are subject to copyright but whose copyright holders cannot be identified or contacted. The project focused on digital books held by HathiTrust. The project was discontinued before any of the identified orphan works were made available.

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