Webinar: Copyright guides for software collections

Date: October 4, 2022
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET
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This free webinar is being co-hosted by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), and the Software Preservation Network (SPN).

Learn how you can provide access to software by using library exceptions alongside fair use and fair dealing! The Copyright Acts in Canada and the United States contain exceptions for libraries, archives, and (in Canada) museums for the use of software collections. The Law & Policy Working Group of the Software Preservation Network (SPN) has created two new guides to using these exceptions, Section 108 and Software Collections: A User’s Guide and Section 30.1 and Software Collections: A User’s Guide.

This webinar will explore these guides to Section 108 and 30.1 and discuss how these and other exceptions can be applied within your institutions for managing software collections.


Ana Enriquez, Interim Head, Scholarly Communications and Copyright, Penn State University Libraries

Graeme Slaght, Scholarly Communications & Copyright Outreach Librarian, University of Toronto Libraries

About the Canadian Association of Research Libraries

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries’ (CARL) members include Canada’s twenty-nine largest university libraries as well as two national libraries. CARL provides leadership on behalf of Canada’s research libraries and enhances capacity to advance research and higher education. It promotes effective and sustainable knowledge creation, dissemination, and preservation, and advocates for public policy that enables broad access to scholarly information.

About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of research libraries in Canada and the US whose vision is to create a trusted, equitable, and inclusive research and learning ecosystem and prepare library leaders to advance this work in strategic partnership with member libraries and other organizations worldwide. ARL’s mission is to empower and advocate for research libraries and archives to shape, influence, and implement institutional, national, and international policy. ARL develops the next generation of leaders and enables strategic cooperation among partner institutions to benefit scholarship and society.

About the Software Preservation Network

The Software Preservation Network (SPN) is a leading organization established to advance software preservation through collective action. SPN preserves software through its Affiliated Projects, Strategic Partnerships, and member engagement across five core activity areas. SPN believes that software should be curated and preserved because it is both: a dependency to access existing digital data and because it has intrinsic cultural value due to its mediating role in our lives. Software is critical information infrastructure.