Available rights statements
Rights statements express the copyright status of a digital object and provide information about how you can access and re-use the object. This page outlines the rights statements you can apply to the data you share with Europeana.
Europeana uses 14 standardised rights statements which communicate to users how they can access and use the content you share. As mandated in our Data Exchange Agreement, every digital object must be published with a rights statement identified by our partners.
The statements give users information about rights and permissions in clear and simple language. If you’ve decided to share your content openly, for example, you’ll want to communicate it clearly and effectively to users.
The standardised rights statements that you can choose from when providing content to Europeana are either Creative Commons licenses and tools or Statements from the Rights Statements consortium.
Before you apply rights statements, you should know:
- The list of available rights statements will be updated from time to time. See the change log for pro.europeana.eu /available-rights-statements
- All Creative Commons licences and legal tools can only be applied by, or with the permission, from the rights holder.
- It is strongly recommended that you refer to the Creative Commons website to understand the full definitions and legal code. This will help you decide if a Creative Commons licence is the most suitable rights statement for your object.
Below you can see our list of the 14 available rights statements for Europeana.