Research

Cultural Institutions, Digitisation and Copyright Reform

Type: Journal Article
Author
Andrew F. Christie
Description
This journal article explores the ways in which various combinations of copyright reform could be implemented, to enable digitisation of cultural heritage collections.
Date
2008 January 9
Abstract
The abstract provided by the author(s) of this work is as follows: While digital technology can enhance the way in which cultural institutions manage and provide access to their collections, its utilisation is constrained by copyright law. This article considers the way in which copyright law should be reformed so as to permit cultural institutions to take advantage of the opportunities provided by digital technology. It begins by explaining the digitisation practices undertaken by cultural institutions, and the relevance of copyright law to these practices. Then, the purpose of granting exclusive rights under copyright law, the types of exceptions from infringement that copyright law typically provides, and the rationales for those exceptions are considered. Next, cultural institutions are categorised by the way in which they will seek to take advantage of digitisation technologies. Finally, the likely reform options for each type of cultural institution are considered, and the appropriate means for implementation of those reforms are identified.
Publisher
Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
Institution
University of Melbourne
Journal Title
Media and Arts Law Review
Volume
12
Issue Number
3
Pages (from-to)
279-291 pp.
Jurisdiction
Australia, Worldwide
Language
ENG
Size
216 KB, 15 pp.
Copyright Information
In Copyright
Rights and Reuse
All Rights Reserved
Cortex Citation:
Andrew F. Christie, “Cultural Institutions, Digitisation and Copyright Reform,” Copyright Cortex, accessed December 10, 2018, https://copyrightcortex.org/research/cultural-institutions-digitisation-copyright-reform.