Managing the intellectual property rights and data protection rights associated with objects, reproductions and information. Copyright is the commonest of the ‘intellectual property rights’ you may need to deal with, but there are others (including publication rights, trademarks, patents and designs). You can also use this procedure to manage the data protection rights that may be associated with photographs of living people in some circumstances.
This guide provides a brief introduction to copyright, as well as suggestions for useful resources to explore the subject further.
This resource, from GOV.UK, covers many aspects of intellectual property. It covers: Copyright; Crime and infringement; Designs; Law and practice; Patents; and Trade marks
This resource, from the Intellectual Property Office, explains copyright in more detail and explores a number of scenarios around use. It is aimed at small businesses and individuals who may wish to use digital or photographic images on the web. It also provides advice for people who may find their own images being used online.
This PowerPoint presentation includes the slides from training delivered by the UK Intellectual Property Office in 2018-19 as one of the policy commitments of the DCMS Culture is Digital Project.
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.
The Copyright Cortex provides 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.
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 resource outlines who owns the copyright in photographs, how long copyright lasts, whether copyright can be revived in old photographs, and who owns the copyright in a revived work.
In May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 came into force in an update to UK law. All organisations and institutions that collect and store personal data need to be increasingly accountable and transparent in how they handle this information. This resource shows the regulations.
This guidance, by Kate Grimley Evans, Head of Information Law at Stone King LLP, covers aspects of data protection law relevant to museums and the collections information they hold.