Copyright Conundrums: Rights Issues in the Digitization of Library Collections

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This chapter addresses the copyright conundrum issues that may arise in the digitization of materials held in academic library collections. Developing a clear understanding of the copyright status of digitized materials can be complicated, frustrating, and even (at times with orphan works) impossible. Nonetheless, when curating digitized library collections, a copyright review and management plan should be followed in order to both maximize the availability of open access and public domain items and minimize the confusion of researchers and the public when utilizing such digitized objects. A copyright review protocol will aid librarians in making decisions regarding what rights metadata to include on a digital work and will, in turn, aid patrons in determining how they can utilize the work.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDigital Preservation in Libraries
Subtitle of host publicationPreparing for a Sustainable Future
EditorsJeremy Myntti, Jessalyn Zoom
Place of PublicationChicago
PublisherALA Editions
ISBN (Print)9780838917138
StatePublished - 2019

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NameAn ALCTS Monograph


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