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Digital copyright workflow

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Scope note: these guidelines are intended for cultural heritage materials.


Recommended rights statements for digital content deposited to institutional repository, see Right statements NEW



Copyright for images and texts






Links in graphic:


Digital Copyright Slider to help determine status : http://www.librarycopyright.net/digitalslider/

Use Information Sources to help determine status :

Orphan Works : http://www.copyright.gov/orphan/

Use FAIR USE EVALUATOR and keep documentation of efforts http://www.librarycopyright.net/fairuse/


Copyright Information site · University of Minnesota Libraries https://www.lib.umn.edu/copyright/welcome

  • See the Fair Use Analysis Tool,  the Copyright Decision Map and general information.


Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts.  College Art Association. (2015). http://www.collegeart.org/fair-use/

  • Provides fair use guidance for use of created works in teaching, writing, museums and libraries


Copyright for Sound Recordings


Definition :  "works that result from the fixation of a series of musical, spoken or other sounds, but not including the sounds accompanying a motion picture or other audiovisual work." Source: U.S. Copy right Office, Circular 3, "Copyright Notice," available at htto:/Avww.oopvrighloov/circs/circ03.html 


Unpublished Sound Recordings

  • Prior to 15 Feb. 1972: Subject to state common law protection. Enters the public domain on 15 Feb. 2067
  • After 15 Feb. 1972 :  Life of the author + 70 years. For unpublished anonymous and pseudonymous domain works and works made for hire (corporate authorship), 120 years


--> therefore important to obtain donor consent for digital a/v materials


Published Sound Recordings

  • Prior to 15 Feb. 1972:  Subject to state statutory and/or common law protection. Fully enters the public domain on 15 Feb. 2067
  • 15 Feb 1972 to 1978:
    • Published without notice = In the public domain
    • Published with notice = 95 years from publication. 2068 at the earliest
  • 1978 to 1 March 1989 : Published without notice, and without subsequent registration= In the public domain



Source: Peter Hirtle, Cornell Copyright Information Cente·. Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United states,
1 January 2009. Available at http://www.copyrightcornell.edu/training/Hirtle_Public_Domain.htm


Other resources


Woodson Deed of Gift





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