Beyond Licenses: Integrating Creative Commons,, and Traditional Knowledge into Permissions Practices

Visual Resources Association Foundation Regional Workshop

November 22, 2019

Hosted by the University of Denver, Colorado

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

Registration is open until Friday, November 15, 2019, although it will close earlier if it reaches capacity. The registration fee for this workshop is $125 and is payable by PayPal/Credit Card or Check.


Today’s visual resource professionals must understand that copyright is just one element of intellectual property rights and a multitude of “other” considerations that may need to be reviewed when undertaking licenses for reproductions of collection objects. This workshop will provide a baseline review of applicable intellectual property rights, including U.S. copyright law and fair use, before delving into a deeper understanding and utilization of Creative Commons licenses,, and Traditional Knowledge labels with collection objects to expand existing permissions practices at galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAMs). Participants will be introduced to a variety of resources and examples to help guide them and their constituents in making appropriate decisions regarding evolving permissions practices, including Open Access initiatives, at GLAM institutions.


  •         9:45 Arrival (check-in); light refreshments will be on offer
  •         10:10 Introductory Remarks
  •         10:15 Morning Session
  •         12:00 Lunch on your own
  •         1:30 Afternoon Session I
  •         3:30 Coffee Break
  •         3:45 Afternoon Session II
  •         4:45 Final Thoughts


Anne M. Young, Director of Legal Affairs and Intellectual Property, Newfields

Young oversees the rights and reproductions department at Newfields (, where she provides advice and leads institutional standards on a variety of legal issues in connection with Newfields’ activities, including, but not limited to: guidance on intellectual property matters, particularly copyright, privacy, publicity, and trademark; administering contracting policies and procedures; issues related to cultural patrimony and repatriation; overall risk mitigation; and interpretation of various institutional policies and procedures.

Young was formerly the photographic archivist for the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University and has worked for the Art Gallery of Ontario and George Eastman Museum. In 2018 she received a Master of Jurisprudence focused on intellectual property, art, and museum law from Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Young previously received a Master of Arts in photographic preservation and collections management from Ryerson University and a Bachelor of Arts in art history and studio art (photography) from Indiana University.

She chaired the Rights and Reproductions Professional Practices committee of the American Alliance of Museum from 2012 to 2018 and was appointed to serve on the 2018 to 2021 term of the College Art Association’s Committee on Intellectual Property. Young received the Visual Resources Association’s Nancy DeLaurier Award in 2017 for her editorial work on Rights and Reproductions: The Handbook for Cultural Institutions, the second edition of which was published in 2019.


PLEASE NOTE: On-site registrations will not be accepted for this workshop.

If you have questions about registration, contact Beth Haas, VRAF Director,


Cancellations for the VRAF Regional Workshop will only be accepted until November 8, 2019. Until this time, registrants will be refunded their full fee minus a $25 service charge. After November 8, cancellations will not be refunded. While every attempt will be made to hold the workshop on November 22, 2019, if inclement weather prevents either the instructor or a large number of participants from attending, 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. The VRAF is not responsible for refunding any previously made travel or lodging arrangements.


Workshop Location:

Shwayder Art Building, University of Denver (DU)
2121 E. Asbury Ave
Denver, CO 80208
Room SAB 119

Campus Map:

If you are arriving by car, take the University Blvd exit from I-25.


Permitted parking available in Lot L (corner of Gaylord and Asbury Ave., across the street from the Art Building)

Public Transportation:

RTD Bus 40 goes right to Campus

Light rail station, a short walk to the Art Building from University Station (

Air & Train:

Denver International Airport (also served by the Light rail)


Closest hotel to campus is the La Quinta Inn on the corner of Buchtel Blvd and Colorado Blvd (about a mile east of campus and served by bus route 40)

Numerous downtown Denver hotels are close to Union Station (, which provides easy access to the University of Denver campus via Light rail.

Lunch options nearby (Please note that the registration fee does not include lunch costs.)

Within walking distance on University Blvd:

  • Bruegger’s Bagels
  • Starbucks
  • Jersey Mike’s Subs
  • Tatsu (Japanese)
  • Ishtar (Middle Eastern)
  • Serene (Indian)
  • Pete’s University Café
  • Mustard’s Last Stand
  • Pita Fresh (Middle Eastern)
  • Around the corner of University and Evans:
    • Tokyo Bowl (Japanese)
    • Ben and Jerry’s

Wifi Information:

DU Guest wi-fi is available. The campus also uses Eduroam.

Workshop Contacts:

For questions about the University of Denver venue, contact Heather Seneff,

If you have questions about registration, contact Beth Haas, VRAF Director,