Overview

The Software Preservation Network endeavors to ensure that cultural memory institutions and related entities can exercise broad and clear legal rights to engage in software preservation (including providing access for research, teaching, and learning). We do this in two principal ways: by educating our members about their legal rights and responsibilities, and by advocating on behalf of our members in a variety of legal and political forums, including government agencies, courts, and legislatures. We also facilitate better private arrangements with donors and vendors by identifying good practices that preserve and build on members’ legal rights and policy interests. 

Working Group

The Law & Policy Working Group supports SPN’s goal to explore and document fair use, licensing and information policy specifics pertaining to the lawful preservation, sharing and reuse of software in cultural heritage and research contexts. This charge also includes policy at the institutional level as it pertains to collection development, day-forward enterprise software licensing and information security.

Coordinator: Graeme Slaght, University of Toronto

Members: Paula Jabloner, Computer History Museum; Ana Enriquez, Penn State University; Raven Lanier, University of Michigan; Graeme Slaght, University of Toronto; and Brandon Butler, University of Virginia

Past Members: Jessica Meyerson, Educopia Institute; Jess Whyte, University of Toronto; Yuanxiao Xu, University of Michigan

Current goals: 

  • Facilitate and coordinate monthly copyright chats with Brandon Butler to discuss legal issues around software preservation and access, especially Fair Use Best Practices & DMCA exemption
  • Solicit feedback from SPN community on utility of tools developed by the Law & Policy working group, and assess what’s needed to build momentum 
  • Provide monthly law & policy updates in Stacktrace, and periodically on website

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