11 July 2018 | 8am PST - 10am CT - 4pm BST/CET Online Webinar

The Legal Possibilities for Software Preservation Miniseries builds on the Software Preservation Webinar Series  that ran from April 23 - May 30, 2018. This miniseries explores the legal challenges associated with preservation, sharing and reuse of software. Guests discuss their current advocacy work and next steps for legal strategy around software preservation. 

The Miniseries and the Software Preservation Webinar Series are both jointly hosted by the Digital Preservation Coalition and the Software Preservation Network.

Episode 6: Overview of Current Trends and Their Legal Implications

Research Lead and Facilitator:  Jessica Meyerson (Educopia Institute)


Discussion Questions:

  1. Describe the relevant legal considerations when discussing software preservation and reuse in a research context.
  2. Describe your work in this area – who you are working with and your methods for understanding the current state of the field.
  3. What can digital preservation practitioners do in order to ensure that software dependency concerns are heard and taken in toconsideration by law/policy makers?

Watch the webinar recording

(Runtime 58 mins)

Read the Chat from the webinar: Episode 6

Supplementary Resources

Websites & Blogs

United States Legal Context:

Canadian Legal Context

Articles & Reports

United Kingdom Legal Context

      • Charlesworth, Andrew. (2012) Intellectual Property Rights for Digital Preservation: DPC Technology Watch Report 12-02 2012, https://www.dpconline.org/docs/technology-watch-reports/796-dpctw12-02/file
      • Kemper, Jakko; Kolkman, Daan. (2018) Transparent to whom? No algorithmic accountability without a critical audience, Information, Communication & Society, DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2018.1477967
      • Rowland, D., Kohl, U. & Charlesworth, A. (2016) Information Technology Law. 1 Aug 2016 5th ed. Abingdon: Routledge.
      • Schafer, Burkhard; Edwards, Lilian. (2017). ‘“I spy, with my little sensor”: Fair data handling practices for robots between privacy, copyright and security’, Connection science, Vol 29, pp 200-209
      • Schafer, Burkhard; Komuves, David; Zatarain, Jesus Niebla. Diver, Laurence. (2015).  ‘A fourth law of robotics?: Copyright and the law and ethics of machine co-production’, Artificial Intelligence and Law, Vol 23, pp 217-240
      • Schafer, Burkhard. (2015). ‘D-waste: Data disposal as challenge for waste management in the Internet of Things’, International Review for Information Ethics, Vol 22, pp 100-106

United States Legal Context

  • Whitt, Richard S. (2017).  ‘Through a Glass, Darkly’ — Technical, Policy, and Financial Actions to Avert the Coming Digital Dark Ages. Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal, Vol. 33, No. 2, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2742388

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