Available rights statements

This page gives you information about each right statement and the URIs you need to submit them to Europeana.

The available rights statements express the copyright status of a work, as well as information about how you access and reuse object.

The Public Domain Mark (PDM)

All content that is in the public domain must be labelled accordingly by applying the Public Domain Mark. Works that are labelled as being in the public domain can be used by anyone without any restrictions.

  • What else do I need to know? When showing the Public Domain Mark, Europeana will also link to Europeana Usage Guidelines for public domain works.
  • What information will be shared with the user about this statement? The user will be directed to: http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/
  • How do I apply this statement in my metadata? The URI to use in your metadata is: <edm:rights rdf:resource="http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/"/>

Out of copyright - non commercial re-use (OOC-NC)

This rights statements is intended for use with digital representations of public domain objects that have been digitized in a public-private partnership wherein the partners have agreed to contractual limitations to take reasonable steps to limit or discourage commercial reuses.

  • What else do I need to know? This rights statement may only be used for digital representations of objects where such contractual agreements exist and must, where publicly available, specify a year of expiration (the first calendar year in which the digital object can be used by third parties without restrictions on commercial use). Before applying this rights statements to digital objects that you intend to make available via Europeana, please consult the ingestion team to see if your digital objects qualify for this rights statement.
  • What information will be shared with the user about this statement? The user will be directed to: http://www.europeana.eu/rights/out-of-copyright-non-commercial/
  • How do I apply this statement in my metadata? The URI to use in your metadata is <edm:rights rdf:resource="http://www.europeana.eu/rights/out-of-copyright-non-commercial/"/>

The Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication (CC0)

To waive all the rights in a digital object, they can apply a CC0 waiver to the works in question. CC0 can only be applied by the rights holder, or with their explicit permission.

  • What else do I need to know? By applying this waiver, all rights in the content are waived and the objects can be used by anyone without any restrictions.
  • What information will be shared with the user about this statement? The user will be directed to: http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/
  • How do I apply this statement in my metadata? The URI to use in your metadata is: <edm:rights rdf:resource="http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/"/>

Creative Commons - Attribution (BY)

This licence lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon the licensed work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. A Creative Commons Licence can only be applied by the rights holder, or with their explicit permission.

  • What else do I need to know? This is the most accommodating of licences offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed works. A Creative Commons Licence can only be applied by or with permission from the rights holder. It is strongly recommended that you refer to the Creative Commons website to see the full definition and legal code before applying this licence.
  • What information will be shared with the user about this statement? The user will be directed to: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
  • How do I apply this statement in my metadata? The URI to use in your metadata is: <edm:rights rdf:resource="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/"/>

Creative Commons - Attribution, ShareAlike (BY-SA)

This licence lets others remix, tweak, and build upon the licensed work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and licence their new creations under the identical terms.

  • What else do I need to know? This licence is often compared to 'copyleft', free and open source software licences. All new works based on the licensed work will carry the same licence, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use. This is the licence used by Wikipedia, and is recommended for works that would benefit from incorporating content from Wikipedia and similarly licensed projects. A Creative Commons Licences can only be applied with permission from the rights holder. It is strongly recommended that you refer to the Creative Commons website to see the full definition and legal code before applying this licence.
  • What information will be shared with the user about this statement? The user will be directed to: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/
  • How do I apply this statement in my metadata? The URI to use in your metadata is: <edm:rights rdf:resource="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/"/>

Creative Commons - Attribution, No Derivatives (BY-ND)

This licence allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.

  • What else do I need to know? A Creative Commons Licences can only be applied with permission from the rights holder. It is strongly recommended that you refer to the Creative Commons website to see the full definition and legal code before applying this licence.
  • What information will be shared with the user about this statement? The user will be directed to: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/
  • How do I apply this statement in my metadata? The URI to use in your metadata is: <edm:rights rdf:resource="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/"/>

Creative Commons - Attribution, Non-Commercial (BY-NC)

This licence lets others remix, tweak, and build upon the licensed work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don't have to licence their derivative works on the same terms.

  • What else do I need to know? A Creative Commons Licences can only be applied with permission from the rights holder. It is strongly recommended that you refer to the Creative Commons website to see the full definition and legal code before applying this licence.
  • What information will be shared with the user about this statement? The user will be directed to: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
  • How do I apply this statement in my metadata? The URI to use in your metadata is:<edm:rights rdf:resource="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/"/>

Creative Commons - Attribution, Non-Commercial, ShareAlike (BY-NC-SA)

This licence lets others remix, tweak, and build upon the licensed work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and licence their new creations under the identical terms.

  • What else do I need to know? A Creative Commons Licences can only be applied with permission from the rights holder. It is strongly recommended that you refer to the Creative Commons website to see the full definition and legal code before applying this licence.
  • What information will be shared with the user about this statement? The user will be directed to:http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/
  • How do I apply this statement in my metadata? The URI to use in your metadata is: <edm:rights rdf:resource="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/"/>

Creative Commons - Attribution, Non-Commercial, No Derivatives (BY-NC-ND)

This licence is the most restrictive of the six Creative Commons licences, only allowing others to download the licensed works and share them with others as long as they credit the rights holder, but they can't change them in any way or use them commercially.

  • What else do I need to know? A Creative Commons Licences can only be applied with permission from the rights holder. It is strongly recommended that you refer to the Creative Commons website to see the full definition and legal code before applying this licence.
  • What information will be shared with the user about this statement? The user will be directed to: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
  • How do I apply this statement in my metadata? The URI to use in your metadata is: <edm:rights rdf:resource="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/"/>

Rights Reserved - Free Access

This rights statement is applicable when users have free (as in gratis), direct and full access to the digitised object on the data provider's website.

  • What else do I need to know? This rights statement should be used for digital objects that are still covered by copyright and where reuse is subject to additional permissions, or you do not want or are not authorized to allow re-use of the digital object.
  • What information will be shared with the user about this statement? The user will be directed to: http://www.europeana.eu/rights/rr-f/
  • How do I apply this statement in my metadata? The URI to use in your metadata is: <edm:rights rdf:resource="http://www.europeana.eu/rights/rr-f/"/>

Rights Reserved - Paid Access

This rights statement is applicable when users need to pay data providers to gain access to the digitised work on the data provider's website.

  • What else do I need to know? This may be the case if only a preview is accessible through the data provider's portal, and registration and payment is required to gain access to the digitised object itself. In this case, the link from Europeana should give access to the metadata and (ideally) a low-resolution preview. Europeana will not link directly to a payment page.
  • What information will be shared with the user about this statement? The user will be directed to: http://www.europeana.eu/rights/rr-p/
  • How do I apply this statement in my metadata? The URI to use in your metadata is: <edm:rights rdf:resource="http://www.europeana.eu/rights/rr-p/"/>

Orphan work

The Orphan works statement can be applied to objects that have been identified as orphan works in the country of first publication and in line with the requirements of the national law implementing Directive 2012/28/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on certain permitted uses of orphan works.

  • What else do I need to know? Can only be used for works where a diligent search has been undertaken and it has been registered with the National competent authority.
  • What information will be shared with the user about this statement? The user will be directed to: http://www.europeana.eu/rights/orphan-work-eu/
  • How do I apply this statement in my metadata? The URI to use in your metadata is: <edm:rights rdf:resource="http://www.europeana.eu/rights/orphan-work-eu/"/>

Unknown

The Unknown rights statement can be applied to objects for which the Data Provider does not have conclusive information pertaining to the rights status of the digital object.

  • What else do I need to know? This is intended for objects where a diligent search has not taken place (and which as a result cannot be labeled as orphan works) but which have nevertheless been submitted to Europeana. This statement should not be used without prior consultation with the Europeana ingestion team.
  • What information will be shared with the user about this statement? The user will be directed to: http://www.europeana.eu/rights/unknown/
  • How do I apply this statement in my metadata? The URI to use in your metadata is: <edm:rights rdf:resource="http://www.europeana.eu/rights/unknown/"/>