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2 minutes to read Posted on Monday May 23, 2022

Updated on Wednesday May 8, 2024

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Fred Saunderson

Rights and Information Manager , National Library of Scotland

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Ariadna Matas

Policy Advisor , Europeana Foundation

Copyright management guidelines for cultural heritage institutions

These guidelines from the Europeana Copyright Community aim to to support best practice in copyright management in cultural heritage organisations. 

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The Copyright management guidelines for cultural heritage institutions highlight the steps an organisation can take towards the ultimate goal of developing a harmonised approach to copyright management. They focus on establishing adequate workflows to deal with copyright in collection management, providing sufficient copyright support or knowledge and integrating copyright needs in activities and projects. 

The guidelines are designed to aid everyone who works in cultural heritage organisations to help their institutions to develop robust and harmonised approaches to copyright management. They can be your aid in project planning, in strategy and team planning and in internal advocacy. 

The guidelines were created by the Europeana Copyright Community Steering Group. After the development of a first draft, they were shared with the Copyright Community for comments and feedback. The first draft was refined taking those into consideration. The design of the guidelines was made by Studio Rrook.

Share your thoughts and feedback on the guidelines by emailing

Access the guidelines 

There are a number of ways to explore and access the Copyright management guidelines for cultural heritage institutions.

Watch the recording of their launch to learn more about how and why they were developed. 

As of May 2024, the Guidelines are available in an online, interactive format on the Europeana Knowledge Base.

You can also download the Guidelines as a PDF through the link below. 

How to cite: Copyright management Guidelines for Cultural Heritage Institutions, Guidelines created by the Europeana Copyright Community Steering Group, v.1.0.0, CC BY, 2022.