Understanding Copyright

This is the third module in the Public Library Partnerships Project curriculum, given by Franky Abbott from Digital Public Library of America.

It covers:

  • how to identify content in the public domain
  • how to identify content under copyright and pursue permissions
  • orphan works
  • fair use
  • understanding risk
  • rights and access statements

The Public Library Partnerships Project curriculum is intended for cultural heritage professionals who are new to digitization. It was designed to provide useful conceptual and practical information about each stage of the process to a beginner audience.

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Public Library Partnerships Project partners: Digital Public Library of America, Digital Commonwealth, Digital Library of Georgia, Minnesota Digital Library, Montana Memory Project, and Mountain West Digital Library.

This project was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.