May 16, 2024 | 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. | Heritage Gallery

Title: Alan Smithee in the Libraries (Publishing): Attribution, DISattribution, and Other Complexities of Credit and Citation

Presenter: Nancy Sims; any pronouns; Director, Copyright & Scholarly Communications, University of Minnesota Libraries

Description: Certain older versions of Creative Commons licenses allow copyright owners to require disattribution when reusing the work. This is rarely invoked, but it parallels existing patterns with other kinds of content. For example, “Alan Smithee” is a name used in the movie industry when directors wish to remove their own credits from a film. European “moral rights” copyright laws require attribution and, in some cases, disattribution. And in the US, a very narrow copyright provision called VARA creates complexities around attribution & alterations to certain types of visual artworks. This session will explore some of these legal complexities around attribution & reuse in-depth. Then we will collaboratively explore some real and hypothetical use cases that might arise in Libraries Publishing! Bring your own CC license or other attribution wrinkles to share and discuss.