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With Enough Eyeballs All Searches are Diligent: Mobilizing the Crowd in Copyright Clearance for Mass Digitization

Type: Journal Article
Author
Maurizio Borghi, Kris Erickson, Marcella Favale
Description
This journal article considers whether elements of the diligent search process for identifying and contacting rightsholders could be remotely delegated to individuals through crowdsourcing.
Date
2016 November 22
Abstract
The abstract provided by the author(s) of this work is as follows: Digitization of 20th Century cultural heritage is severely restricted due to the real or potential subsistence of copyright and related rights. Under the laws on orphan works introduced in many countries, items whose copyright status is uncertain may possibly be lawfully digitized, on condition that a “diligent search” of the copyright owners has been performed. However, carrying out diligent searches on large collections is a lengthy and expensive process, which may discourage institutional users from embarking on large-scale digitization. While the problem of performing diligent searches has been so far approached in a “centralized” manner by individual institutions, the article suggests a de-centralized approach based on crowdsourcing certain phases of the diligent search process. The proposed solution may alleviate the problem of the high costs of diligent search, and may ultimately enable cultural heritage institutions to take full advantage of the orphan works legislation. Suitability of the crowdsourcing solution to the cultural heritage sector is discussed and challenges to implementation are identified.
Commentary
The crowdsourcing initiative discussed in this journal article is available at www.diligentsearch.eu.
Publisher
Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property
Institution
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Journal Title
Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property
Volume
16
Issue Number
1
Pages (from-to)
135-166
ISSN
1559-9493
Jurisdiction
European Union
Language
ENG
Size
33 pp.
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Cortex Citation:
Maurizio Borghi, Kris Erickson, and Marcella Favale, “With Enough Eyeballs All Searches are Diligent: Mobilizing the Crowd in Copyright Clearance for Mass Digitization,” Copyright Cortex, accessed June 26, 2019, https://copyrightcortex.org/research/with-enough-eyeballs-all-searches-are-diligent-mobilizing-the-crowd-in-copyright-clearance-for-mass-digitization.