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Portrait of Amalyah Keshet

Amalyah Keshet

Former Head of Image Resources & Copyright Management The Israel Museum, Jerusalem Israel Cultural Heritage

"Advising and directing intellectual property policy and management, digital image creation and preservation, metadata, rights licensing, policy and commercial strategy, since 1992. Amalyah has been involved in initiatives ranging from the digital capture of the Dead Sea Scrolls to the creation of the Israel Museum's collections database and its participation in the Google Art Project and the Wikipedia GLAM project. Amalyah has over twenty five years experience with the intersection of copyright and museums and other cultural heritage institutions. The Image Resources & Copyright Management department she developed at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem is now the leading innovator in this special area in Israel, advising other museums both locally and abroad.

Amalyah served on the Board of Directors of the Museum Computer Network (MCN), and founded and chaired its Intellectual Property Special Interest Group for a decade. She is a member of the Israel working committee of MINERVA for Europeana, and was active in the founding of Creative Commons Israel. She was co-editor of Intellectual Property Issues in Museums, a special issue of Spectra, the journal of the Museum Computer Network (2002) and currently serves on the Editorial Board of Visual Resources: An International Journal of Documentation.

Most recently, Amalyah contributed the chapter on “Copyright in Museums” for the Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Creative Industries, published by Edward Elgar, 2018.

Amalyah holds a B.F.A. from Washington University., St. Louis, and a M.A. in art history from George Washington University, Washington DC. She was with the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, in several capacities including curatorial, from 1978 to 2017. She lectures on copyright for various academic programs in Israel and has been a speaker at many international conferences.

For MCN’s annual conferences across the US, Amalyah has organized and moderated sessions on museum copyright and licensing issues, on collecting digital art, on legal developments affecting museums and digital content, and has invited a range of experts to speak on international IP issues affecting museums. She has led workshops on licensing museum content and e-commerce initiatives at MCN conferences and elsewhere. Her favorite among the sessions she has organized was “From Hip Hop to Oil on Canvas: Sampling, Art, and Copyright.”

A frequent voice on many Internet forums, and a member of the PLUS licensing coalition, Amalyah most recently participated in the international conference on 2+3D Photography at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, and gave the keynote talk at the ICOM Israel conference on Copyright in Museums in 2018.

Encouraging creativity in museum photography and advanced technology in museum media archiving, access, and licensing has been a primary goal of her career, alongside copyright management and innovation.

Amalyah is currently involved in advocating for legislation on exceptions and limitations to copyright for museums, both in Israel and via the World Intellectual Property Organization."