On February 3, 2015, NYU’s Humanities Initiative hosted an event entitled “Who Owns What: Intellectual Property in the Humanities,” featuring three engaging speakers: Mark Righter, NYU’s Associate General Counsel; April Hathcock, NYU’s Librarian for Scholarly Communications; and Elizabeth Buhe, PhD Candidate in Art History at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts. The session was moderated by Jonathan Zimmerman, Professor of History and Department Chair, Humanities and Social Sciences in the Professions at NYU’s Steinhardt School.

Jonathan Zimmerman kicked off the evening reminding us how important it is for scholars to understand fair use and copyright in order to do their work, and Mark Righter gave a brief overview of copyright. April Hathcock emphasized that scholars are both copyright holders as well as users of copyrighted materials and that it all comes down to access: getting access to the copyrighted materials scholars need as well as making one’s own materials available for use by others.

Finally, Elizabeth Buhe talked about a wonderful Mellon-funded digital humanities project she did, “Egyptian Antiquities in the Musée Charles X: A 3D Model,” in which she re-created, through 3D modeling, Jean-François Champollion’s presentation of Egyptian artifacts in several rooms of the Louvre in the early 1800s. This 3D work was a collaboration between Buhe and a for-profit company, and she has shared what she learned about collaboration, communication, project management, and copyright negotiation in “Digital Humanities Best Practices: Engaging a Collaborator.”

[Reminder: NYU Libraries provide copyright and fair use support to the NYU community. Visit April’s Guide to Copyright for more information.]