Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for Digitisation

University of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No.140

Type: Other Contribution
Emily Hudson, Andrew T. Kenyon
This set of guidelines from 2005 is based on a research project examining the impact of copyright law on the digitsation practices of public museums, galleries, and libraries in Australia. It aims to provide heritage institutions with assistance in both legal and practical aspects of copyright compliance.
2005 August
The abstract provided by the author(s) of this work is as follows:

The development of new digital technologies has led to fundamental changes in the ways that copyright works are created, accessed and distributed.

These developments have enhanced the ability of cultural institutions to fulfill their public interest missions of access, preservation, research and education. For instance, many institutions are developing publicly-accessible websites in which users can visit online exhibitions, search collection databases, access images of collection items and - in some cases - create their own digital content. Many internal activities are also facilitated by digital technologies, including collection management, preservation activities, exhibition planning, and record keeping for incoming and outgoing loans.

The increased use of digital technologies also raises many logistical and administrative issues, including in relation to copyright. Institutions are aware that digitisation raises the possibility of copyright infringement, and are implementing measures to ensure that staff knowledge of copyright is up to date, and that systems are implemented to facilitate copyright compliance.

These guidelines are intended to assist understanding and compliance with copyright law.

The 2009 version of this text intended for US heritage institutions is Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for Digitization for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums.
Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
University of Melbourne
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Cortex Citation:
Emily Hudson and Andrew T. Kenyon, “Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for Digitisation,” Copyright Cortex, accessed July 23, 2018,