Friday, September 25, 2009

Copyright in archival materials digitization

Dryden, Jean. "Copyright issues in the selection of archival material for internet access." Archival Science 8(2) 2008, at:
This article reports the findings of a study that investigated how copyright affects what items Canadian archival repositories select for digitization and online access. The study found that Canadian repositories select items that are perceived to incur little risk of copyright infringement (because the copyright has expired or because the repository owns the copyright), or those that require few or no resources to investigate copyright status or obtain copyright authorizations. The findings suggest that repositories’ selection decisions are more restrictive than the law requires.

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