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Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for Digitization for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums


Peter B. Hirtle


Cornell University Library

Emily Hudson


University of Oxford - Saint Peter's College Oxford; University of Oxford - Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre (OIPRC)

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

Abstract:     
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

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Date posted: November 2, 2009 ; Last revised: May 13, 2014

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Hirtle, Peter B. and Hudson, Emily and Kenyon, Andrew T., Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for Digitization for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums (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. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1495365

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Peter Hirtle
Cornell University Library ( email )
Ithaca, NY 14853
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.library.cornell.edu
Emily Hudson
University of Oxford - Saint Peter's College Oxford ( email )
New Inn Hall Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2DL
United Kingdom
University of Oxford - Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre (OIPRC) ( email )
St. Peter's College
New Inn Hall Street
Oxford, OX1 2DL
United Kingdom
Andrew T. Kenyon (Contact Author)
University of Melbourne Law School ( email )
Victoria, 3010
Australia
61 3 8344 9972 (Phone)
61 3 9348 0973 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.law.unimelb.edu.au/cmcl/
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