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Announcing the launch of RightsStatements.org
April 14, 2016

Announcing the launch of RightsStatements.org

The Digital Public Library of America and Europeana are proud to announce the launch of RightsStatements.org, developed in partnership with Creative Commons, Kennisland and key stakeholders of the DPLA and Europeana networks. RightsStatements.org is a collaborative approach to rights statements that can be used to communicate the copyright status of cultural objects.

Final whitepapers for establishing international and interoperable rights statements released
October 6, 2015

Final whitepapers for establishing international and interoperable rights statements released

Over the past fifteen months, representatives from the Europeana and DPLA networks, in partnership with Creative Commons, have been developing a collaborative approach to internationally interoperable rights statements that can be used to communicate the copyright status of cultural objects published via the DPLA and Europeana platforms.

Help the Copyright Office Understand How to Address Mass Digitization
September 25, 2015

Help the Copyright Office Understand How to Address Mass Digitization

Wouldn’t libraries and archives like to be able to digitize their collections and make the texts and images available to the world online? Of course they would, but copyright inhibits this for most works created in the last 100 years.

The U.S. Copyright Office recently issued a report and a request for comments on its proposal for a new licensing system intended overcome copyright obstacles to mass digitization. While the goal is laudable, the Office’s proposal is troubling and vague in key respects.

New Contract Opportunity: Request for Proposals for RightsStatements.org
September 18, 2015

New Contract Opportunity: Request for Proposals for RightsStatements.org

The International Rights Statement Working Group, a joint working group of DPLA and Europeana, is seeking a vendor to implement infrastructure needed to launch the RightsStatements.org initiative.

DPLA and Europeana are seeking a contractor to assist us with development of our international framework for rights. The deadline for proposals is October 6. We encourage you to share this posting far and wide!

Seeking Balance in Copyright and Access
July 30, 2015

Seeking Balance in Copyright and Access

The most important word in discussions around copyright in the United States is balance. Although there are many, often strong disagreements between copyright holders and those who wish to provide greater access to our cultural heritage, few dispute that the goal is to balance the interests of the public with those of writers, artists, and other creators.

Developing and implementing a technical framework for interoperable rights statements
May 20, 2015

Developing and implementing a technical framework for interoperable rights statements

In this post, Mark Matienzo (DPLA) and Antoine Isaac (Europeana Foundation), members of the International Rights Statement Working Group, discuss the key requirements and implementation plan for the technical aspect of the group’s work.

Within the Technical Working Group of the International Rights Statements Working Group, we have been focusing our efforts on identifying a set of requirements and a technically sound and sustainable plan to implement the rights statements under development. Now that two of the Working Group’s white papers have been released, we realized it was a good time to build on the introductory blog post by our Co-Chairs, Emily Gore and Paul Keller. Accordingly, we hope this post provides a good introduction to our technical white paper, Recommendations for the Technical Infrastructure for Standardized International Rights Statements, and more generally, how our thinking has changed throughout the activities of the working group.

The principles for establishing international & interoperable rights statements
May 11, 2015

The principles for establishing international & interoperable rights statements

In this post Paul Keller & Emily Gore, Co-Chairs of the International Rights Statement Working Group, describe the progress made by the group and share the first two white papers published by the group.

Over the past twelve months representatives from Europeana, the DPLA and Creative Commons have been exploring the possibilities for a collaborative approach to rights statements that can be used to communicate the copyright status of cultural objects published via our platforms. This work is close to the heart of both Europeana and the DPLA as we both seek to share clear and accurate information about copyright status with users.