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.

Rights statements and standards

Through 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
Public Domain

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. 


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


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

Copyright directive series: progress in the directive transposition

Created: 20 January 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. Our new series explores different aspects of how the Directive is being transposed across Europe. Find out what has happened so far and dive into some details at the Member State level.

Exploring reuse of audiovisual content for education
Title: A professor teaching pharmacy to students in mid-16th century Paris
Creator: Pharmacie Centrale de France et Maison Droguerie Menier
Institution: Wellcome Collection
Country: United Kingdom

Exploring reuse of audiovisual content for education

Created: 9 December 2021

The Europeana Task Force on Audiovisual Material in Europeana Classroom developed a case study on Copyright in Education to help teachers across the EU use audiovisual content lawfully and safely. Read on to discover the answers to their frequently asked questions.