Can We Do That: Intellectual Property Rights and Visual Media
Visual Resources Association Foundation Regional Workshop
December 15, 2017

Hosted by the Visual Resources Collection, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University

Held at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

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

A thorough understanding of intellectual property rights can be a challenge for lawyers, let alone for information, academic, and cultural heritage professionals, and the application of copyright restrictions on visual media can induce a sense of alarm and uncertainty dependent upon specific circumstances.  This workshop will provide a clear focus on U.S. copyright law, intellectual property rights, and fair use as they pertain to the use of visual media (e.g., images and moving images) within the academic, archival, library, gallery, and museum environments.  Educational usage, securing publication rights, creative reuse, rights statements, licensing, and the public domain will be explored within the context of case studies, including those provided by participants in advance of the workshop. Participants will also be introduced to tools and resources to help them and their constituents in making appropriate decisions regarding appropriate use and dissemination of visual media.

Workshop Schedule

Registration and Coffee: 9:30 a.m.-10 a.m.
Morning: 10 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Lunch on your own:
12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
1:30-4:30 p.m. (with coffee break)


Anne M. Young heads the rights and reproductions department at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, where she is responsible for processing all requests for the use of visual content, obtaining permissions for internal uses of images/videos, and administering the institution’s onsite photography policy. She also initiates and manages all licensing agreements with artists and/or rights holders for works in the museum’s collection. Young was formerly the photographic archivist for the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University and has worked for the Art Gallery of Ontario and George Eastman Museum. She is currently a Master of Jurisprudence candidate at Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law focusing on Intellectual Property, art, and museum law. Young previously received an 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. Young chaired the Rights and Reproductions Professional Practices committee of the American Alliance of Museums from 2012–2018 and was the editor of the 2015 publication Rights & Reproductions: The Handbook for Cultural Institutions, for which she received the Visual Resources Association’s Nancy DeLaurier Award in 2017.


The feel for the workshop is $125. Registration is currently full for Can We do That? However, we anticipate some registrants may give up their space prior to the workshop. To inquire about registration and to be added to the waitlist, contact Betha Whitlow, VRAF Director,

PLEASE NOTE: We will not be accepting on-site registrations for this workshop.


Cancellations for the VRAF regional workshop will only be accepted until December 1, 2017. Until this time, registrants will be refunded their full fee minus a $25 service charge. After December 1, cancellations will not be refunded. While every attempt will be made to hold the workshop on December 15, 2017, 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.


Location:   McCormick Hall, Room 106

Princeton University, McCormick Hall, Room 106, Princeton, NJ 08544. McCormick Hall houses the Department of Art and Archaeology and the Princeton University Art Museum.

McCormick Hall on Campus Map

Campus Map with Dinky Shuttle Stop and McCormick Hall

Wifi Information

Visitor Wireless service requires no registration.

Travel Information

The best general source is the Visit Us web page for Princeton Univerity
This has information on travel and accommodations as well as local maps.


Newark International Airport has train access to Princeton University


Train access from New York is by New Jersey Transit.   There is also Amtrak service to Trenton and Septa service to Trenton. The Dinky connects NJ Transit station (Princeton Junction) to the campus station (Princeton)

 For those driving to the Princeton University campus:

There is visitor parking on campus.

An excellent guide to parking in the town of Princeton:

The campus shuttle system information:

 Suggested Dining Options

A lunch map will be provided in your packet.


The Nassau Inn and the Peacock Inn are within walking distance of campus. Many other hotels have shuttles to campus.

Visitors to campus can take advantage of discounted rates through the University’s Travel and Expense website. Look for the Hotels heading at the bottom.

Princeton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau Hotels

 Can We Do That? Workshop Contacts:

For questions about the Princeton University venue, please contact Trudy Jacoby

Other questions, contact Betha Whitlow, VRAF Director,