Visual Resources Association Foundation Regional Workshop

Sponsored by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Visual Resources Association Foundation

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. Contact Chris Strasbaugh, VRAF Director, for waitlist information.

September 24, 2021 & October 1, 2021 – 11:30am to 2:00pm EDT

Instructor: Cara Hirsch


This workshop is aimed at helping information, academic, archives, and cultural heritage professionals navigate the murky waters of US copyright law as it relates to visual media. Through both lecture and small-group exercises, we will answer common questions such as: How do I know whether something is protected by copyright? What is fair use and how can I apply it? What copyright exceptions are available for library or archival use? How can I clear a copyright? How do I navigate and negotiate licensing agreements? Aimed at providing real-world applications within the academic, archival, library, gallery and museum environments, this workshop will use relevant case studies to explore issues such as educational and scholarly usage, securing academic publication rights (including for online use), creative reuse, fair use guidelines, VARA and moral rights, licensing from vendors and rights holders, and the public domain. Participants will also be introduced to tools and resources to help them and their constituents in making decisions regarding appropriate use and dissemination of visual media.


This workshop will be hosted using Zoom video conferencing. The link and password will be emailed to participants in advance. Recordings will be made available to registered participants for a limited time after each session. Lecture materials will be made available to registered participants following each session.


Cara has most recently served as Deputy General Counsel at The Virtual Reality Company, a studio focused on the creation of content for virtual reality film and other experiences. At VRC, Cara oversaw all intellectual property matters relating to the company’s business. She is the former Associate General Counsel at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, where she supported Guggenheim’s legal affairs in a wide variety of areas including intellectual property. Prior to the Guggenheim, Cara was Deputy General Counsel for Artstor, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to use digital technology to enhance scholarship, teaching, and learning in the arts, humanities and other fields. Among her duties at Artstor, Cara collaborated in refining Artstor’s intellectual property and other legal strategies for the organization. She also supervised the rights review and clearance process for media collections in the Artstor Digital Library, a digital image resource that makes available to nonprofit institutions over 1.7 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences. Cara also worked as an Associate at the law firms of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Andrews Kurth LLP, where she practiced in the field of intellectual property. She served as Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Rights Committee of the Visual Resources Association from 2011-2014.


If you have questions about registration, contact Chris Strasbaugh, VRAF Director,

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. Contact Chris Strasbaugh, VRAF Director, for waitlist information.


Cancellations for the VRAF Regional Workshop will only be accepted until August 28, 2021. Until this time, registrants will be refunded their full fee minus a $25 service charge. After August 28, 2021, cancellations will not be refunded. While every attempt will be made to hold the workshop at the stated time, however, if the instructor is unable to hold the workshop at that time for any reason, the workshop will be rescheduled. Refunds of the registration fee will only be issued if you are unable to attend the workshop on the rescheduled date.

Workshop Contacts:

If you have general questions about the workshop, please email the Regional Workshop Implementation Team at If you have questions about registration, contact Chris Strasbaugh, VRAF Director,