University of Delaware
Katie Fortney

Nov. 13: Archiving Grateful Dead

Fortney to speak on copyright, digitizing Grateful Dead archive


10:29 a.m., Oct. 21, 2013--The University of Delaware Library and the Perspectives on the Digital Humanities Series will co-sponsor a lecture by Katie Fortney on “Copyright Risk Assessment for Digital Humanities: Archiving the Grateful Dead Online” at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the Morris Library Reading Room. 

Fortney is the copyright policy and education officer of the California Digital Library. The event is open to the University community, including students and the public. A reception will follow.

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Fortney’s lecture will draw on her experience as the intellectual property adviser to the Grateful Dead digitization project team. With training and experience as both a librarian and attorney, she assumed responsibility for the copyright, trademark and privacy issues unique to the Grateful Dead collection. 

The variety and personal nature of the items in the archive presented interesting challenges for the project team, and Fortney will share anecdotes of how the rights and permissions necessary for the online archive were managed. She will also address the broader issues of how libraries select materials for online archives and the various legal and personal challenges that arise.

“Copyright Risk Assessment for Digital Humanities: Archiving the Grateful Dead Online” will be an interesting addition to campus discussions about digital humanities and scholarly communication. Both the Grateful Dead and digital permissions are expected to be of interest to faculty, staff and students in the sciences and social sciences, as well as the humanities. 

Fortney served as adviser to the Grateful Dead Archive Online project team and Library Special Collections on the copyright, trademark and privacy issues. She holds a law degree from New York University and a graduate library degree from San Jose State University.

She served as collection development librarian and scholarly communication officer at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), where she served as chair of the UCSC Scholarly Communication and Intellectual Property team. She also created educational resources and training sessions for faculty, staff and students on the legal and practical issues related to open access publishing, fair use, data archiving, metadata copyright and database license issues.

At the California Digital Library, she works on many activities in support of system-wide services and initiatives, including the open access policy, eScholarship publishing services, data management and curation, digital special collections risk management, copyright education, national and international copyright, and scholarly communication legislation and policy issues. 

A reception will follow the program. Acceptances are requested but not required. Acceptances may be sent by email to or by telephone at 302-831-2231. Walk-ins are welcome.

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