Open GLAM: Copyright
AThomas's bookmarks 2020-10-29
"Copyright is intended to incentivize the production of newcreative works and protect authors’ connection to them. In return, the author receives exclusive rightsover the creative work and can commercialize or release them for various uses. Once the copyrightexpires, these works pass into the public domain and can be used by anyone to produce new creativeworks and knowledge. GLAMs protect, preserve, and extend access to these works (and many other materials) for theappreciation of current and future generations. This is often facilitated today by digitizing collectionsand making them available online. But new questions arise during this process. What is thereproduction’s theoretical or legal relationship to the work that it captures? Is the reproduction a newwork? In fact, is it a new creative work worthy of its own copyright? If so, what is the effect of claimingand enforcing a copyright in the reproduction, especially considering the vast amount of rare or uniquepublic domain materials in heritage collections? What options are available to users seeking to accessand reuse those public domain works?"