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About the Copyright Community

Who we are

The Europeana Copyright community is a group of professionals interested in copyright and digital cultural heritage. 

What we do

We cultivate, curate and share knowledge around the topic of copyright in the cultural heritage sector. We run dedicated communications channels to help professionals access tools, resources and news around copyright as well as to discuss best practices across the sector.

Why join?

  • Shape copyright practices that serve the needs  of the digital cultural heritage sector
  • Stay informed about copyright trends, legal and policy changes, rights information and approaches to clearing rights
  • Share best practice, connect with like-minded professionals and promote your activities through our mailing list
  • Contribute to advancing digital cultural heritage in Europe by engaging with our projects, task forces and working groups

Activities and resources

Copyright goals for 2020

Read our work plan

Title: In the studio

Creator: Westerholm, Victor

Date: 1883

Institution: Finnish National Gallery

Country: Finland


Public Domain Charter

Read the Charter

Title: Stilleven met kazen, amandelen en krakelingen

Creator: Clara Peeters

Date: 1615

Institution: Mauritshuis

Country: The Netherlands

Public Domain

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

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How-to guide for labelling cultural heritage

This Task Force aims to assess the feasibility, and provide instructions to replicate in different jurisdictions, a decision-making schema for cultural heritage institutions that helps them identify copyright and neighbouring rights in their collections and select the correct rights statement when making them available online.

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From the Copyright Community

Sharing best practices and case studies from around the community


Meet the Steering Group

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

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Latest news

Building copyright knowledge in the cultural heritage sector: Europeana’s steps

Building copyright knowledge in the cultural heritage sector: Europeana’s steps

Created: 28 July 2020

In this post, we present some of the steps which Europeana will take to help data partners overcome challenges related to copyright in the cultural heritage sector, and share our report into copyright challenges for the sector.

Libraries, archives and museums working together on copyright: the Dutch example

Title: Harmonie

Date: 1833-1900

Institution: National Library of the Netherlands

Country: Netherlands


Libraries, archives and museums working together on copyright: the Dutch example

Created: 15 April 2020

The Dutch Copyright Working Group offers an example of how GLAM organisations can work together on copyright, and in this post Annemarie Beunen, copyright lawyer at the National Library of The Netherlands, and Maartje Hülsenbeck, copyright lawyer at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (co-chairs of the group) share some insights about how the group works.