Acquiring Copyright Permission To Digitize and Provide Open Access to Books

Type: Report
Denise Troll Covey
This report details three separate case studies concerning the digitisation of library collections and the rights clearance processes involved.
2005 October
The abstract provided by the author(s) of this work is as follows: This report focuses on three efforts at Carnegie Mellon University to acquire copyright permission to digitize and provide open access to books-that is, to make books freely available on the Internet for public use. To provide a context for the studies that form the basis of this report, the report begins with an overview of copyright laws, licensing practices, and technological developments that have brought about dramatic changes in the cost and dissemination of scholarly information. This section also describes the impact that these changes have had on research, learning, and libraries. The three studies, including data analyses that explore the response and success rates with different types of publishers and publications and transaction costs, are then presented in detail. Anecdotes illuminate the effort required and problems encountered in trying to acquire copyright permission for open access, from the difficulty of determining copyright status and ownership and locating copyright owners to the questions, concerns, record-keeping methods, and changing contractual practices that constrain publishers' embrace of open access. The report describes how lessons learned in each study were applied in the next study and the benefits of flexible and innovative approaches to acquiring copyright permission.
Digital Library Federation and Council on Library and Information Resources
Place of publication
Washington DC
United States
6.8 MB, 72 pp.
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Cortex Citation:
Denise Troll Covey, “Acquiring Copyright Permission To Digitize and Provide Open Access to Books,” Copyright Cortex, accessed March 8, 2021,