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Documents the process archival staff used in their extensive copyright research and concludes that such a process is not scalable.



Interview with researcher from the Netherlands Institute for Heritage.  In the video, he talks about: work and goals of the Netherlands Institute for Heritage, the copyright issue, the importance for a nation to preserve its cultural heritage, opportunities brought by the Internet to the institutions of preservation, and choice of standards and interoperability.



  • Stanford University.  "Copyright Renewal Database."  2006.
    This database makes searchable the copyright renewal records received by the US Copyright Office between 1950 and 1992 for books published in the US between 1923 and 1963.  Note that the database includes ONLY US Class A (book) renewals.
  • Coyle, Karen.  “Rights in the PREMIS Data Model: A Report for the Library of Congress.”  Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, December 2006.
    The PREMIS standard contains a rights entity that allows the association of rights with specific digital preservation actions.  This paper looks at the various definitions of rights, the state of rights metadata, and surveys legislative actions taking place in many nations that will provide a legal standing for digital preservation activities.
  • Section 108 Study Group.  "Executive Summary."  March 2008.
    This Report is addressed first to the Librarian of Congress and the Register of Copyrights, who convened the Study Group.  The conveners intended the work of the group to provide a basis on which legislation could be drafted and recommended to Congress.  This Report summarizes its recommendations, conclusions, and discussions.
  • Library of Congress.  "Copyright Matters: Digitization and Public Access."
    This blog represents a long term effort to convert non-digital records of copyright ownership and transfers and assignment of rights and to make them widely available online via the web.  The Library of Congress is planning periodic posts with information about plans and progress and welcomes input and comments.
  • "Rights Management."  Chap. 4 in NINCH Guide to Good Practice.  National Initiative for a networked Cultural Heritage, October 2002. (click on Chapter IV in the Table of Contents). 
    Focuses on the copyright issues that most concern cultural institutions: how they can legally digitize material in which they may not hold the copyright and how they can ensure that no one else can use the materials they have digitized without their approval (tacit or otherwise).
  • Besek, June M.  "Copyright Issues Relevant to the Creation of a Digital Archive: A Preliminary Assessment."  Council on Library and Information Resources & Library of Congress, January 2003.
    This paper describes copyright rights and exceptions and highlights issues potentially involved in the creation of a nonprofit digital archive.
  • Gasaway, Laura N.  "America's Cultural Record: A Thing of the Past?"  Houston Law Review 40 no. 3 (2003): 643-71.
    This article’s focus on preservation of this record considers whether the commercial interests of copyright proprietors should prevail over the long-term preservation of the nation’s scholarly, cultural and political history.
  • Ryan, Alicia.  "Contract, Copyright, and the Future of Digital Preservation."  Boston University Journal of Science and Technology Law 10 no. 1 (Winter 2004): 152-76. (subscription required to access this resource)
    Challenges Congress to create new legal rights for all non-profit libraries and archives so that these organizations can ensure that their best preservation efforts will be legally acceptable.
  • Hirtle, Peter B.  "Digital Preservation and Copyright."  Stanford University Libraries & Academic Information Resources.
    Considers copyright law in the light of making digital preservation copies.
  • Hirtle, Peter.  "Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States."  Last updated January 3, 2012.
    This table details U.S. copyright law applications for various types of works as of January 1, 2012.


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