Copyright Law, or concurrent enrollment in Copyright Law (Law 655B)
The Center for Creative Photography (CCP) externship provides students interested in copyright and/or intellectual property transactions with invaluable practical experience. The student extern will help the CCP manage its portfolio of intellectual property and copyrighted works, assist the CCP in negotiating new licenses and assignments, and perform research on IP topics to assist with the CCP’s needs.
Central Project: In addition to the Center’s fine print collection, which includes over 90,000 works by 2500 photographers, CCP houses the photographic archives of approximately 250 photographers, galleries, and other organizations. These archives may include papers, negatives, work prints, and objects such as cameras, and are a resource for photo historians and other researchers worldwide. Archive acquisition is often a very lengthy process, involving cultivation and relationship building over years and decades, and spanning the tenure of multiple directors and development officers. The core project is to review the files on each acquisition to identify if documents are missing, if there was a commitment that needs to be completed, or if there is an agreement that needs to be renewed. There may be a commitment to transfer other materials at a later date, or there may be a potential for continued donor cultivation that needs follow-up work. The initial phase involves working with CCP staff to create a checklist for what generally should be included in these files, and then to review the files one acquisition at a time to organize the documents, make a summary of what is there, what is needed or missing, and what action (if any) should be taken.
One semester or full-year internship. The length of the externship must be agreed upon, by the student and the faculty supervisor, in advance of the student registering for the course. In addition, any student enrolling in the CCP externship must complete the “CCP Externship Student Contract,” a copy of which is available from the law school Office of Career Services. The contract must be signed by both the student and a CCP faculty supervisor.
The student extern will, as needed, perform legal research and writing on a variety of legal issues, which may include:
· Performing research on IP issues involving any of the 18 major photographers for whom CCP owns or manages copyright.
· Reviewing contracts and new copyright acquisitions.
· Resolving IP questions that arise in Center's work with a wide variety of authors, publishers, and filmmakers around the world, both commercial and academic.
· Addressing IP issues that arise as Center moves forward with its new Web-based initiative.
· Assisting with miscellaneous IP issues such as ongoing acquisition negotiations, copyright ownership questions, unauthorized uses, and orphan works issues.
· Consulting / drafting memos on other legal issues surrounding art and museums, such as abandoned property.
The student will also complete an academically-focused project, by selecting a legal issue relevant to the work of the Center, writing a report on it, and presenting an educational program to CCP's staff (a non-legal audience).
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