Getting it Right on Rights: Simplifying, Harmonizing, and Maximizing the Openness of Rights in Digital Libraries around the World
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Large-scale collections like the Digital Public Library of America, Europeana, Trove, and DigitalNZ have enriched the free web by making openly available tens of millions of items from libraries, archives, museums, and cultural heritage sites from their respective countries or continents. This burgeoning public commons is weakened, however, by a lack of common agreement over rights statements on these items, inconsistent international copyright law, and risk aversion among many nonprofit institutions. We will bring together these international projects to harmonize and evangelize a simpler rights structure, one that includes ways for works of all types, including materials with unclear or no known rights, to be made available to the public.
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