Copyright and IPR Policy template

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This template from the South West Museum Development Programme highlights important topics for inclusion in a museum’s Copyright and IPR Policy. It should be accompanied with clearly explained procedures for how you expect staff and volunteers to work with copyrighted materials and perform due diligence in their copyright searches. Clicking the link on this page will […]

Copyright Cortex

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The Copyright Cortex is an online resource dedicated to copyright and digital cultural heritage. It was developed to provide libraries, archives, museums and other memory institutions with information and expert commentary on how copyright law affects the creation and management of digital cultural heritage. The resource will also be valuable for anyone who works in […]

Creative Commons

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Creative Commons is an online initiative that offers digital content producers the opportunity to select from a range of licences which permit access to their content. Creative Commons licences are available digitally in various forms – ranging from those that enable rights holders to give up most controls over how their content is used (“Public […]

Copyright and digital content

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The growth of the internet has provided collection holders with more opportunities to digitise, adapt, publish and share material. The possibilities for collaboration have increased and the availability of large digitisation grants has made it possible for organisations to undertake some of their most extensive reproduction projects to date. However, the relative ease of reproducing […]

Copyright in photographs

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All photographs are afforded copyright protection under UK law, from the holiday snap to high art photography. This resource from DACS outlines: Who owns the copyright in photographs How long copyright lasts Whether copyright can be revived in old photographs Who owns the copyright in a revived work Clicking the link on this page will […]

Exceptions to copyright: Libraries, archives and museums

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This leaflet by the Intellectual Property Office sets out the copyright exceptions applicable to libraries, archives and museums. This is relevant to anyone who works in or with libraries, archives or museums, or copyright owners whose content is held by such institutions. Clicking the link on this page will open this resource as a PDF in your current browser […]

Intellectual property: Copyright

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This resource from the Intellectual Property Office includes information and guidance regarding Intellectual Property and copyright. It includes links to further resources that discuss: Introduction to copyright Managing copyright Collective licensing Exceptions to copyright Copyright notices IP crime Orphan works Objecting, challenging and resolving copyright disputes Using copyright abroad Law and practice Intellectual Property research

Copyright User

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Copyright User is an independent online resource aimed at making UK Copyright Law accessible to creators, media professionals, entrepreneurs, students, and members of the public. They aim to provide answers to the most pressing concerns creators have about copyright, helping them understand their rights. Clicking the link on this page will open the Copyright User website.

The Copyright Hub

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The Copyright Hub is the portal to copyright information and services in the UK. It provides general information about copyright, permissions required to copy, adapt, share or distribute somebody else’s creative work and guidance on protecting your own work. This website also outlines UK copyright legislation and international copyright agreements. Clicking the link on this page will open […]

Copyright: A Practical Guide

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Copyright: A Practical Guide is an essential reference handbook for museum, archive and library professionals looking to fulfill the legal and ethical responsibilities of managing copyright in a collection. This second edition publication has been updated to reflect the latest copyright reforms. It is available to purchase in our online shop. Content The guide addresses key […]

Striking the Balance

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This report commissioned by the NMDC from the Collections Trust examines how NMDC member museums are balancing the twin aims of maximising public access to their digital content and promoting their own financial sustainability. Key findings from this 18-month study include: No two museums are the same, and their approach to the balance between open […]

Publication and reproduction rights

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Publication Right The Publication Right is granted to the first person who ‘publishes’ a previously unpublished work after its copyright has expired. ‘Publication’ in this context can include issuing copies to the public, performing the work in public, and the exhibition or showing of a work in public. Publication right could, for example, be acquired […]

The effective management of intellectual property rights and of other cultural assets

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This resource from Renaissance Yorkshire is related to the Accreditation Standard requirement 2.7 Documentation procedures, the management of information about intellectual property rights is a key component of a basic museum documentation system. This series of advice sheets covers many of the basic elements which museums need to deal with in relation to the management […]

Digital image management and licensing in a small scale museum and gallery

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This document from Live at LICA and Museum Development North West aims to chart how a small-scale museum and gallery, Peter Scott Gallery (Live at LICA), has begun to look at a more commercial side of digitisation through licensing a selection of digital images. The document details how the PSG integrated the preparation of digital […]