As we know, copyright is an important factor when deciding whether or not to digitize materials. Many programs digitize works that are clearly in the public domain rather than going through the hassle to copyright clear materials. I predict, though, that our users will push us to digitize materials that are still copyrighted. Why? Because they will want to use these materials and will not understand why they are not available. In order to digitize these materials, we will need to create easier ways of copyright clearing them, especially those materials known as orphan works. Hopefully the copyright offices in each country will address this problem. Likely a project will just digitize (like Google) and either create a precedent by its actions or spark litigation that will create rules that can be followed. However this "path" gets created so that copyrighted works can be cleared more easily occurs, I hope it occurs soon.
Two of the students this semester live outside of the U.S. (Australia and Japan). The lecture did include some information that was directed towards them, but I'm sure they will be doing more learning on their own. Likely, too, they will teach the rest of us a thing or two about the copyright law in their countries.
For you information, the readings for this week are:
- Section 5 in Handbook for Digital Projects, "Overview of Legal Issues for Digitization" (pp. 74 -– 92), http://www.nedcc.org/digital/dighome.htm
- "Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the
" http://www.copyright.cornell.edu/training/copyrightterm.pdf (4 pages) United States
- "Library Digitization Projects and Copyright." http://www.llrx.com/features/digitization.htm Notice that this is a multi-part article.
- "Digitizing Special Collections: Your Deed of Gift Form Said What?" http://www.hurstassociates.com/NYLA.ppt
- "A Guide to Deed of Gifts" http://www.archivists.org/catalog/deed_of_gift.asp
- Copyright and Intellectual Property Issues. http://www.virtuallymissouri.org/guidelines/copyright_rev2.pdf
- "Ad*Access: Seeking Copyright Permissions for a Digital Age." http://www.dlib.org/dlib/february00/pritcher/02pritcher.html
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