Intellectual Property & Copyright Committee


Committee Roster

Cathy Rimer-Surles, Duke, Chair (cathy DOT rimer HYPHEN surles AT dukeupress DOT edu)
Margie Guerra, NYU
Jenny Hunt, Baylor
Lisa Jemison, Toronto
Charles Myers, Chicago
Kelly Rogers, Johns Hopkins
Jordan Stepp, Georgia
Puja Telikicherla, Georgetown
Stephen Williams, Indiana

Board Liaison
Donna Shear, Nebraska

Central Office Liaison
Brenna McLaughlin


General Objectives:

  • Act as a resource to the AAUP membership for matters pertaining to the use, development, and exercise of intellectual property and works in the public domain.
  • Monitor, report, and engage in conversations regarding copyright reform, open access mandates, and related topics occurring within the scholarly communication ecosystem, the broader publishing world, and the public policy arena.
  • Research and develop initiatives and tools to enable Association members to more robustly exploit their intellectual property.

Specific Charges to the Intellectual Property & Copyright Committee:

  • Working through the Central Office, alert members to copyright-related information and new developments by providing references to newly published announcements, articles, and other resources.
  • As requested, answer questions and provide feedback regarding current and proposed changes to copyright law.
  • Promote the newly-revised Permissions FAQ; advise the Central Office of any updates and corrections as needed.
  • Explore subsidiary rights partnership opportunities for interested members of the Association.
  • As requested, assist the Annual Meeting Program Committee to develop and implement any copyright-related sessions for the 2018 Annual Meeting, including new Collaboration Labs.
  • Include in your May final report to the Board suggestions for concurrent session topics to be referred to the Detroit 201 Annual Meeting Program Committee.
  • Make in each fo your reports to the Board a summary on copyright matters.

Common Charges to All Committees of the Corporation:

  • Include your board and staff liaisons in all committee communications and activities.
  • Seek opportunities to support the Association’s core value of diversity by engaging in activities and developing programs that include participation from diverse members of the community and/or that aim to increase the diversity and inclusivity of our community.
  • Seek opportunities to support the goals of the Association’s 2016 membership restructuring by integrating into your committee activities the participation of colleagues from non-North American member presses.
  • Support the efforts of the Central Office staff to identify opportunities to leverage UP Commons (targeted launch: Fall 2017) to facilitate collaboration and communication among the members of your committee and the broader community it represents.
  • Make a summary report on Committee activities to the Association Board in time for its November, March, and June meetings; reports are due on Thursday, October 12, 2017, Thursday, March 1, 2018, and Thursday, May 24, 2018. Review your General Objective and Specific Tasks, and recommend changes for next year to the Executive Director.

Committee Reports and Projects

AAUP Permissions FAQs
Online Copyright Resources

Reports to the Board

2016–2017 Final Report
2015–2016 Final Report

2014–2015 Final Report
2013–2014 Final Report
2012–2013 Final Report
2011–2012 Final Report
2010–2011 Final Report
2009–2010 Final Report
2008–2009 Final Report
2007–2008 Final Report
2006–2007 Final Report

Interim Report: February 2007

2005-2006 Final Report