Copyright and digital cultural heritage

Copyright presents a big question for digital cultural heritage; how do you legally share collections online and support their reuse? We offer free, up-to-date and expert guidance, resources, standards, webinars and an active community for all professionals who work with copyright in the sector. 

Resources and support

Explore guidance for data providers, access tools from across the sector and join our active Copyright community.

Copyright Community
Title:
Startfältet i damernas skidtävling i Saltsjöbaden 1910. Damernas tävling, Djurgården IFK Djursholm
Date:
1910
Institution:
Stiftelsen Nordiska museet
Country:
Sweden

Copyright Community

We cultivate, curate and share knowledge around the topic of copyright in the cultural heritage sector.

Rights statements and standards

Through RightsStatements.org we offer tools to standardise the way you communicate rights information about your online collections.

Open access

We advocate for open access through our policies and frameworks, and encourage you to open your collections up for reuse.

Reports, studies and publications

Explore relevant documents and approaches to copyright from the Europeana Initiative.

Recommendations on copyright and its role in the digital transformation of the cultural heritage sector
Title:
Exterieur van de bibliotheek van de Humboldtuniversiteit te Berlijn
Date:
c.1890 - c.1910
Institution:
Rijksmuseum
Country:
Netherlands

Recommendations on copyright and its role in the digital transformation of the cultural heritage sector

During the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Europeana held a conference to explore the copyright challenges that arise as the cultural heritage sector embraces its digital transformation. Read the full report from the meeting. 

Webinars

Develop your knowledge and understanding of copyright and digital cultural heritage through webinars from the Europeana Initiative.

News

Keep up to date with policy and practice around copyright and digital cultural heritage.

Copyright Directive Series - a closer look at Lithuania
Title:
[Valtis audringoje jūroje. Neišaiškinto autoriaus akvarelė]
Institution:
Lietuvos nacionalinė Martyno Mažvydo biblioteka
Country:
Lithuania

Copyright Directive Series - a closer look at Lithuania

Created: 20 October 2022

The Copyright in the Digital Single Market (CDSM) Directive aims to harmonise certain aspects of EU Member States’ copyright legislation, and has important provisions for digital cultural heritage. Janina Marcinkevičienė tells you more about the legislative changes in Lithuania as a result of the Directive transposition.

Copyright directive series - a closer look at the Netherlands
Title:
Albuminscriptie / van Pieter de With (- an 1689), tekenaar en etser, voor het album amicorum van Jacob Heyblocq (1623-1690), rector van de Latijnse school te Amsterdam
Creator:
Pieter de With (ca. 1635-1689)
Institution:
National Library of the Netherlands
Country:
Netherlands

Copyright directive series - a closer look at the Netherlands

Created: 3 August 2022

The Copyright in the Digital Single Market (CDSM) Directive aims to harmonise certain aspects of EU Member States’ copyright legislation, and has important provisions for digital cultural heritage. Annemarie Beunen tells you more about the legislative changes in the Netherlands as a result of the Directive transposition.

Events

Policy office hours: Best Practices in Creative Reuse for Immersive Experiences
Title:
Clocks: a watch-maker seated at his workbench
Institution:
Wellcome Collection
Country:
United Kingdom
20 December 2022
17:00 — 18:00 Online

Policy office hours: Best Practices in Creative Reuse for Immersive Experiences

The Europeana Copyright Community’s ‘Policy office hours’ offer you a space to discuss relevant policy developments on copyright and digital cultural heritage with peers in the Europeana Network interested in the same matters. 

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