Here you can find further resources to help with the Spectrum procedure Rights management. For the procedure itself follow this link.

EU orphan works database

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This resource provides information related to orphan works contained in the collections of publicly accessible libraries, educational establishments and museums, as well as archives, film or audio heritage institutions and public-service broadcasting organisations established in the EU member states.

Exceptions

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This resource provides authoritative guidance on copyright exceptions, specific circumstances when work can be used without the need to get permission from the copyright owner.

Exceptions to copyright

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This updated resource, details of the exceptions to copyright that allow limited use of copyright works without the permission of the copyright owner.

Copyright: orphan works

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This resource, from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), gives information on how to get permission to copy a creative work for which the right holder(s) cannot be found (an orphan work). Click the link on the right-hand side to view the resource on the gov.uk website.

Intellectual Property Office

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The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the official UK government body responsible for intellectual property rights. These are: copyright, designs, trade marks and patents.

Copyright the Card Game

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An engaging way to learn about copyright using a set of cards with the suites: ‘copyright works’, ‘usages’, ‘licenses’, and ‘exceptions’. There are versions for: the UK (including in Welsh), the USA, Canada (English and French), and Australia.

Copyright duration flowcharts

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These flowcharts outline the duration of Crown and non-Crown copyright. Crown copyright covers material created by UK civil servants, ministers and government departments and agencies.

Volunteering: Deed of assignment of copyright template

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If your volunteers are creating work which can be copyrightable, for example, taking photography of museum objects as part of a digitisation project. It is advisable that volunteers sign a ‘Deed of assignment of copyright’ before they start their voluntary work. This resource is a template for such a deed.

WATCH file

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The WATCH File (Writers Artists and Their Copyright Holders) is a database of copyright contacts for writers, artists, and prominent figures in other creative fields. 

Copyright and related rights

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This resource covers the important IPR copyright and some related rights. Included are two flowcharts which allows the determination of the duration of copyright and Crown copyright.

Guide to archiving personal data

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This guide, co-produced by The National Archives (TNA), explains the provisions of the Data Protection Act 2018 relevant to the use of personal data in archiving (including archiving by museums).

Copyright for Museums and Galleries

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The relationship between museums and copyright can at times be complicated and requires high levels of knowledge and understanding. This article considers why copyright is an important issue for museums, galleries and other cultural heritage organisations.

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. However, the relative ease of reproducing resources with new media means that you need to be aware of the implications for your collections.

The Copyright Hub

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The Copyright Hub 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.

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

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The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 provides public access to information held by public authorities. Public authorities are obliged to publish certain information about their activities and members of the public are entitled to request information from public authorities.

Freedom of Information Act 2000

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The Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides public access to information held by public authorities. Public authorities are obliged to publish certain information about their activities and members of the public are entitled to request information from public authorities.