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17 November 2021

Thinking about data protection in digitisation projects

By Stephanie Ashcroft, Consultant and Rights Researcher Digitisation projects offer a fantastic opportunity for heritage institutions to preserve and share their collections with wider audiences. The national lockdowns and restrictions in recent years, resulting in limited access to research material, exhibitions and outreach programmes, have highlighted the need to increase digital and remote access to […]

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21 June 2021

New Resources Just Launched!

We recently worked with the Beyond programme to create two new accessible digital guides: Copyright and Open Licensing – a guide and Data protection and online security: An introduction. We were delighted to support the Beyond programme, which was created in response to the pandemic to help support non-profits adapt their services by building their design and digital […]

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2 March 2021

Top Tips for Using Your Digital Assets to Support Your Strategy

By Debbie McDonnell, Senior Consultant I recently enjoyed delivering a talk on how to use digital assets to support your strategy back in October 2020 as part of the #HeritageDigitalNow sessions provided by Heritage Digital, a project funded by The National Heritage Lottery Fund. If you missed it, a recording of the session is available […]

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5 January 2021

Selling for Survival – Part 2

By Amalyah Keshet, Senior Consultant There is a fascinating episode of Malcom Gladwell’s podcast “Revisionist History” that begins with the story of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s financial crisis of 2018. The museum, which owns some 2 million items, mostly in remote storage facilities and literally never seen, was for the first time contemplating an […]

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11 December 2020

Selling for Survival – Part 1

By Amalyah Keshet, Senior Consultant The closure – and re-opening and re-closing – of cultural institutions has been severely financially damaging in a number of ways, affecting income, staff, mission, and the visiting public.  While many museums have moved online with a remarkable outpouring of creativity, the bottom line has been badly damaged for heritage […]

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25 August 2020

A Fine Balance

By Matthew Bailey Why it is Important that Cultural Heritage Institutions don’t Get Fixated on an All-or-nothing Approach to the e-Use of Digital Content In a previous blog published by Debbie McDonnell[1], she highlighted the increasing number of UK museums and galleries making digital images available under the terms of open content licences. Most of […]

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18 May 2020

How Can Libraries Be an Essential Resource When Exploiting Intellectual Property?

By Patrick Ibbotson, Head of Partnerships and Projects I was delighted to speak at the recent CILIP Copyright Conference, run in partnership with Naomi Korn Associates, and this blog is an adaptation of that speech. Naomi Korn Associates has been chairing and setting the programme for the CILIP Copyright Conference for the last 10 years […]

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27 April 2020

Thinking About Copyright in Digitisation Projects

By Stephanie Ashcroft, Consultant & Rights Researcher For the heritage sector, digitisation projects are a great way of making the most of your collections. As well as preserving your collections for the long-term, digitisation allows you to make them more accessible. This can increase visitor numbers, both in-house and to your website, and help you […]

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7 April 2020

Is It Safe to Use? – Guidelines for Re-using Images From Wiki Sites

By Julia Ruxton, Consultant and Rights Researcher When searching for images for commercial use we often turn to Wiki sites as first port of call, but are all the images safe to use for commercial purposes?  Not everything posted in the Commons or Media sites or used on a Wiki page is in fact open […]

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17 March 2020

Wealth of Licensed Images Available from UK Museums and Cultural Organisations

By Debbie McDonnell, Senior Consultant We all value creative content, that’s why we want to use images and videos in our presentations, blogs and websites and tell our friends and colleagues about the latest film, video game, work of art or book we’ve enjoyed. Copyright protection encourages us to stop before sharing content and consider […]

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11 October 2019

Copyright Enforcement and Using Images

By Patrick Ibbotson Using third party imagery is commonly done but sourcing and utilising imagery must be conducted with the upmost care and attention. Otherwise it could turn out to be a costly mistake. In UK law, copyright will protect original images and therefore there will be a copyright owner for each image. The owner […]

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