The Data Exchange Agreement

The Europeana Data Exchange Agreement (DEA) is the central element of the Europeana Licensing Framework.

The DEA structures the relationship between Europeana and its data providers. It establishes two main rules relating to the intellectual property rights (IPR) in the metadata and content delivered to Europeana:

  1. All metadata submitted to Europeana will be published as open data under the terms of the Creative Commons Zero Public Domain Dedication (CC0).
  2. Each digital object (which includes the associated preview) that is available via Europeana needs to carry a rights statement that describes its copyright status. If an object is in the public domain, it must be labelled as being in the public domain.

Supporting Aggregators to ensuring they have the required permissions

The Europeana Data Exchange Agreement presumes that an aggregator has the explicit permission to show previews on Europeana.eu and to publish metadata under CC0. To support aggregators gaining this explicit permission, Europeana has developed a template of clauses for the legal agreement between aggregators and data providers. These are intended for integration into agreements that aggregators have with their data providers.

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