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CALS Communicator Series: Copyright 101 with Madelyn Wessel, university council

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 8:30am to 9:30am

Mann Library, 102
Cornell University Mann Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Tempted to copy-paste that photo you found online for your social media post? Is that music just exactly what your video needs? Found a graphic that would make your news story sing? Don't hit publish before considering the copyright of creative assets.

Anyone who edits a public website, administers a social media channel, or even makes event posters needs to know how to tell when it's ok or not ok to reuse someone else's video, music, image, photography or other "artistic expression." Just because it's online doesn't always mean you can use it.

Don't guess - come learn the basics of copyright in higher ed from guest speaker Madelyn Wessel, university counsel, in her Copyright 101 presentation... and leave knowing how to properly use and credit creative work in the materials you produce on behalf of the university. Please share this invite with any colleagues who could benefit from this info.

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Since 2017, Wessel has served as the chief legal officer for the university, representing and advising all Cornell boards, senior officers and other officials and units. She oversees offices in Ithaca and New York City, leading 16 attorneys and other staff who provide in-house legal services, as well as selecting and overseeing all outside legal counsel retained to represent the university. As secretary of the corporation, Wessel serves as chief governance officer and adviser to the Cornell University Board of Trustees.


The CALS Communicator Series is an event series hosted during the academic year by the CALS Marketing and Communications team for CALS staff who have communications or marketing duties. Over the course of the series, communicators discuss best practices, training, case studies and insights into the editorial flow of the college and university. If you would like to be added to the invite list, please email us at

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Madelyn Wessel

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university counsel

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