Who owns the rights to recorded conference presentations?

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The March H-Net Book Channel blog Feeding the Elephant discussed a controversy over the agreement that the College Art Association tried torequire from scholars presenting at its annual conference.  The CAA agreement initially created a set of conditions and permissions that several presenters found unacceptable. They were required to allow the CAA to use and re-use their presentations and all "derivatives" but also to obtain permission from the rights owner for every artwork that they included in their talks. 

During the ensuing debate, it was determined that only one quarter of CAA presenters had actually read the agreement.

[Margaret comments] The digitization of scholarship is creating a new world for property rights and dissemination arrangements.  A talk that was once confined to notes clutched in the sweaty hand of one presenter may now circle the world.  Now it is even more important to read through any agreement before accepting it.