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 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
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. 

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.

The EU Copyright Reform’s great disservice to free use for educational purposes

Created: 7 July 2021

Ana Lazarova explores why, despite its aims, elements of the 2019 Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive (CDSM) pose challenges for cultural heritage institutions using digital content for education. 

Orphan Works and UK GLAMs: the case for a risk managed approach
Title: träsnitt, målning, båt, fotografi, photograph@eng
Creator: Sandin, Tony
Institution: Etnografiska museet
Country: Sweden
CC BY

Orphan Works and UK GLAMs: the case for a risk managed approach

Created: 10 June 2021

Risk management remains important for cultural heritage institutions who are clearing rights and publishing their collections online, particularly for UK cultural heritage institutions which are no longer able to use the Orphan Works Directive as a basis for sharing their collections online. Naomi Korn offers advice on this approach!

Events

Copyright office hours: open licensing

The Europeana Copyright Community’s ‘Copyright office hours’ offer you a space to ask questions about copyright and digital cultural heritage, get inspired by other approaches and share your knowledge.

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