Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for Digitization for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
Peter B. Hirtle
Cornell University Library
King's College London – The Dickson Poon School of Law; T.C. Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland
Andrew T. Kenyon
University of Melbourne Law School
October 27, 2009
Peter B. Hirtle, Emily Hudson, and Andrew T. Kenyon, COPYRIGHT AND CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS: GUIDELINES FOR DIGITIZATION FOR U.S. LIBRARIES, ARCHIVES, AND MUSEUMS, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Library Press, Forthcoming
U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 434
Digital communications technologies have led to fundamental changes in the ways that cultural institutions fulfil their public missions of access, preservation, research, and education. Institutions are developing publicly-accessible websites in which users can visit online exhibitions, search collection databases, access images of collection items, and in some cases create their own digital content. Digitization, however, also raises the possibility of copyright infringement. “Copyright and Digitization” aims to assist understanding and compliance with copyright law across libraries, archives, and museums. It discusses the exclusive rights of the copyright owner, the major exemptions used by cultural heritage institutions, and stresses the importance of “risk assessment” when conducting any digitization project. It also includes two cases studies, examining digitizing oral histories and student work. As well as free availability here, print copies are available for purchase via createspace.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 275
Keywords: copyright, cultural institutions, public access, online exhibitions, copyright and digitization
JEL Classification: I2, I20, K1, K10, K19, Z1
Date posted: November 2, 2009 ; Last revised: November 3, 2014
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