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About the Copyright Community

Through the copyright community, we help each other meet the copyright challenges that we all experience in the process of making our digital collections available online for reuse.

We are a group of professionals from different sectors interested in copyright and cultural heritage. We exchange best practice and relevant news, and use the expertise in the group to produce guidance for professionals in the sector. 

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Articles in 2019

These are some of the things we talked about in 2019

Insights from the Europeana Copyright Community survey

The Copyright Community of the Europeana Network Association was recently surveyed to help gain a greater understanding of the key challenges professionals face around copyright and invite possible solutions. In this post we hear about the results of the survey and explore some of the ideas the Copyright Community will be focusing on in their upcoming work plan. 

We are celebrating the Public Domain!

We encourage cultural heritage institutions to celebrate the benefits of the Public Domain. Throughout January, we posted a series of articles and we will continue in February. Here's a selection!

Keeping digitised works in the public domain: how the copyright directive makes it a reality

The principle that works in the public domain should remain in the public domain once digitised, which Europeana has defended for almost ten years, was recently incorporated into European law. In this post, we interview Dr. Andrea Wallace, Lecturer in Law at the University of Exeter, about the importance of this provision for the cultural heritage sector and her research on Article 14.

Exploring the global picture of Open GLAM

Exploring the global picture of Open GLAM

This month, Europeana Pro looks at how the public domain contributes to the re-use of cultural heritage and explores different aspects of open access. Europeana Collections Manager Douglas McCarthy has interviewed a number of cultural heritage professionals about open access for Europeana Pro, but today he tells us more about his own research and the global picture of Open GLAM.

The EU copyright reform

Keep up to date on developements around EU copyright rules

Be part of the discussions on out of commerce works

Be part of the discussions on out of commerce works

Do you work at a cultural heritage institution with out of commerce works in its collection? Thanks to the the Out of Commerce Works Provisions in the European Copyright Directive adopted in May 2019, it will soon become much easier to share these with the public. But there are some details to be defined at the national level. In this post Ariadna Matas, Junior Policy Advisor at the Europeana Foundation, offers advice on how to get involved in the stakeholder dialogues on out of commerce works that should take place in every EU member state. 

Explainer: What will the new EU copyright rules change for Europe's Cultural Heritage Institutions

On 17 May 2019 the approved Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market was published. Member States have until the 7 June 2021 to implement the new rules into national law.  In this explainer, Paul Keller, Independent Policy Advisor to Europeana Foundation breaks down the changes these new rules bring to Europe's Cultural Heritiage insitutions. 

European Parliament adopts the copyright directive: A boost for Europe's cultural heritage institutions

Today the European Parliament passed the final compromise text of the Copyright in the Digital Market Directive. This brings an almost five-year-long process to modernise the EU copyright framework to a close. Together with other organisations representing cultural heritage, educational and research organisations, Europeana - on behalf of our Network members - has fought over the past five years to ensure that the package approved today includes measures that meaningfully address the challenges copyright poses for Europe's cultural heritage institutions. 

Public Domain Charter

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Meet the Steering Group

Meet Karin Glasemann, Community Chair and the members and manager of the steering group

Building a global standard for expressing rights information in the cultural heritage sector

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From the Copyright Community

Sharing best practices, news and case studies from around the community

Europeana Copyright Resources

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