Without Walls: Copyright Law and Digital Collections in Australian Cultural Institutions
SCRIPT-ed, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2007
18 Pages Posted: 16 Aug 2007
Digital communications technologies are providing new means for museums, galleries, libraries and archives to pursue their public interest missions, including in relation to access. However, as practical impediments to collection access change, copyright law poses significant challenges to the development of digital collections. This article uses recent experience in Australia to discuss copyright's impact on digitisation, and to explain why and how copyright has influenced the cultural institution "without walls". It also describes recent amendments to Australian copyright law - in particular, introduction of a flexible exception for some activities by cultural institutions. This may represent an important development in Australia, and offers relevant case study internationally, for addressing copyright issues about digital access.
Keywords: copyright, Australia, cultural, digital, collections
JEL Classification: K11
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