Eight practical tools for dealing with copyrights

28 Apr 2022

Do you manage a collection which you want to make accessible and reusable (online)? In our project ‘Tools for dealing with copyrights and usage restrictions on cultural content’, we developed eight handy tools and good practices, and the last two deliverables are now ready to share with you.

(Copy)rights and privacy together form one of the five knowledge domains that we at meemoo pay special attention to. We collect knowledge and expertise in this area which we want to share with heritage organisations to offer a helping hand. In the rights project from 2019-2020, we developed tools and good practices which we tested in six pilot projects. We’ve gradually been making these tools available over the last year, and now the final two deliverables are ready too.

In beeld: 'Sloepen', James Ensor, KMSKA, Hugo Maertens, www.artinflanders.be, CC0

Deliverable 4: Open content policy for cultural organisations

Want to get started with a policy for sharing images? In our pilot project with M Leuven – an art museum in Leuven – we developed an open content policy that can serve as a model for other cultural organisations. This policy came about as a result of M Leuven’s new image management system, and sets the conditions for reusing images within their organisation. You can read more about the research questions from this pilot project here (link in Dutch).

The deliverable has three sections.

  1. policy: about the vision, area of application and principles upon which the open content policy is based;

  2. registration of rights metadata: this describes how you apply this vision and principles to the working process for creating rights metadata;

  3. examples: finally, the deliverable includes four concrete examples of rights metadata for a digital photographic image.

Deliverable 6: Extensive research into the rights status of cultural content

In pilot projects with Letterenhuis (‘House of Literature’), Kusterfgoed heritage body and COMEET/Meetjesland heritage body, they raised lots of practical questions about the rights status of their content, which were answered with professional legal advice. We collected these practical experiences together in Deliverable 6, so that you as a collection manager can use them as an example for how to deal with your collections. They offer a good basis for determining a rights status and then carrying out a risk analysis for whether to proceed with (certain forms of) access provision.

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