Intellectual Property & Copyright


Committee Roster

Ceylan Akturk, Princeton, Chair (ceylan UNDERSCORE akturk AT press DOT princeton DOT edu)
Aurora Bell, South Carolina
Will Cerbone, Fordham
Eleanor Goodman, Penn State
Greta Lindquist, Stanford 
Angelica Lopez-Torres, Texas
Elisabeth Maselli, Rutgers 
Leslie Rollins, Gettty

Board Liaison
Mary Francis, Pennsylvania

Central Office Liaison
Kate Kolendo


General Objectives:

  • Act as a resource to the 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 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 developments by providing references to newly published announcements, articles, and other resources.
  • In coordination with the Professional Development Committee, organize and present a webinar on current developments in copyright law; working through the Central Office, seek participation from the Association’s general counsel.
  • As requested, answer questions and provide feedback to the Central Office regarding current and proposed changes to copyright law and regulations.
  • Submit to the Central Office any updates or corrections to the Association’s Permissions FAQ as needed.
  • As requested, advise the Central Office on international rights fairs opportunities as potential member services. 
  • As requested, assist the Annual Meeting Program Committee to develop and implement any copyright-related sessions and Collaboration Labs for the 2022 Annual Meeting.
  • Include in your June final report to the Board suggestions for concurrent meeting topics to be referred to the 2023 Annual Meeting Program Committee.
  • Include in each of your reports to the Board a summary report on copyright matters. 

Common Charges to All Committees of the Corporation:

  • Include your board and staff liaisons in all committee communications and activities.
  • Use UP Commons as your primary communications and collaboration tool.
  • Encourage discussions on appropriate UP Commons groups.
  • Coordinate all research and survey activity through the Central Office.
  • Seek opportunities to support the Association’s core value of diversity & inclusion by engaging in activities and developing programs that include participation from diverse members of the community and/or that aim to increase equity and inclusivity in 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 Annual Meeting Program Committee as requested, and include in your final report to the board any suggestions for future programming your committee identifies over the course of the year.
  • Seek opportunities when conducting activities and events to recruit new members to serve on your committee in future years, being sure to emphasize diversity, equity, and inclusion in your efforts; include in your final report to the board discussion of your recruiting efforts; share with the Executive Director the names of potential future committee members.
  • Submit reports on Committee activities to the Association Board in time for its October, March, and June meetings. Interim reports are due on October 4, 2021, and February 28, 2022; final reports that recap all committee activities for the year and are shared with the membership are due May 20, 2022. (For convenience, please reproduce your Charge & Tasks at the beginning of all reports, and list the names and institutional affiliations of all committee members.)
  • Review your General Objective and Specific Tasks at the end of the service year, and recommend changes for next year to the Executive Director.
Committee Projects

Permissions FAQ
The Association’s IP & Copyright Committee created and continues to steward this essential resource for both authors and publishers who are navigating responsibilities around permissions and third-party rights.

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