Purdue’s director of university copyright speaks at BYU forum

BYU’s copyright licensing office poster shows the focus of its upcoming event on a more digital world. (Photo courtesy BYU copyright licensing office)

BYU’s copyright licensing office hopes to bring to light the more positive aspects regarding copyright issues on Friday, Oct. 24.

Keynote speaker Donna Ferullo said, “We want to make sure copyright is not a barrier for stopping people to create new and wonderful things.”

Donna Ferullo is the director of Purdue University’s copyright office. Her love for copyright law has stemmed from her unique experience and education in law and library science.

“I think it’s such a real passion for me because I can see that when you can talk with people about the law, explain how it works with and for them and that they can accomplish some great things,” Ferullo said.

This year’s event will be focused on copyright law and its effects on an evolving digital world, according to Carl Johnson, the director of the BYU copyright licensing office.

Ty Turley-Trejo, the music licensing administrator for BYU, said, “Copyright is very much a changing landscape, and as new technologies develop new questions arise.”

“This is the perfect opportunity once every two years to really ask some of those questions and get some insight that can be really helpful for (BYU students’) careers,” Turley-Trejo said. “Copyright affects us more than we know.”

Students will have the opportunity to have questions answered by attending both the workshop, which will occur between 9 a.m. and noon, and the student forum from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Varsity Theater in the Wilkinson Student Center.

Ferullo said she hopes students will learn and increase in copyright confidence because of the workshop.

“I think it is making students pretty much aware of the rights that they have and to make sure they utilize those rights,” Ferullo said. “Don’t be afraid to go out and use work and to create new work, because that is what copyright law is based upon.”

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