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.

A missed deadline: the state of play of the Copyright Directive

Created: 7 June 2021

About two years ago, the Copyright in the Digital Single Market (CDSM) Directive was adopted, obliging European Union Member States to ‘bring into force the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this Directive by 7 June 2021’. On this date, we take a look at the progress of Member States, and at some of the policy choices they have made.

Digitisation, intellectual property and cultural heritage: an update from the inDICES project

Created: 8 April 2021

The inDICES project is hard at work carrying out research into the impact of digitisation and intellectual property regulations on cultural heritage institutions. Colleagues from the project share the findings of a recent analysis on copyright for cultural heritage institutions in different countries. 


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.