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5 March 2021

Orphan works and Brexit 2021 update

By Naomi Korn, Managing Director The Problem Orphan works are works in copyright where the rights holders are either unknown or cannot be traced. Across UK heritage institutions, there are probably hundreds of millions of orphan works, sometimes representing up to 40-50% of collection items[1]. These include photographs, letters, prints, films, sound recordings, plays, broadcasts, […]

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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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22 February 2021

What the future looks like for museums

by Amalyah Keshet, Senior Consultant Last May (2020), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) published an international study of 94,675 museums, reporting that 90%, or 86,101 museums had closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and speculating that more than 10% might never open again.[i] More recent research from January of this year […]

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15 February 2021

Data on the move: what next for data protection worldwide?

It's hoped that improvements to data protection and privacy rights will continue to increase around the world. However, the key challenge will be in agreeing on 'baseline' standards and in enforcing it.

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1 February 2021

Why Brand Licensing is becoming ever more important for heritage organisations

By Liz Bowers, Senior Consultant The closure of museums, galleries and other heritage venues for much of 2020 has wiped out their biggest income sources – admissions, exhibition ticket sales, shop and café income and revenue from corporate hospitality and events. Business areas that do not rely on visitor numbers have therefore become ever more […]

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18 January 2021

Copyright and Artificial Intelligence

By Faye Cheung, Researcher The Intellectual Property Office recently called for views regarding the relationship between artificial intelligence (AI) and copyright.[1] The consultation addresses an apparent anxiety over whether the Copyright Designs and Patents Act (1988) is keeping up with developments in AI and machine learning. The increase in the use of AI and it’s […]

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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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29 December 2020

A Year in Review and Looking Ahead to 2021

Although this has been a very tough year for all of us, I’m extremely proud that Naomi Korn Associates has continued to successfully help our clients as well as provided additional support to those working across a wide variety of sectors. The company has also grown, increasing its client base by almost 50% and furthering […]

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16 December 2020

Seasons greetings from Naomi Korn Associates

Wishing all our clients, colleagues and friends warm seasons greetings. Thank you for all your support in 2020.  We look forward to working with you in the New Year. With very warm wishes, Naomi, Patrick, Maddie & everyone at Naomi Korn Associates Our home offices will be closed on 18th December and will be re-opening […]

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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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2 December 2020

Keeping Children Safe Online – The New 2020 Code

By Carol Tullo, OBE, Senior Consultant In recent months, and perhaps a little under the radar with so much else going on, two significant initiatives that focus on the protection of children have been published.  The UK Government’s Online Harms White Paper in 2019 highlighted that 99% of 12-15 year olds in the UK were […]

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19 November 2020

The Vatican Apostolic Library mobilises AI guardians for its digital collections

By Faye Cheung, Researcher Libraries, archives, museums and galleries have a responsibility to safe-guard their collections, including making sure that they are well looked after, preserved, and safe protected from loss and theft (including on site and online). Fortunately, whilst such incidents are relatively rare, famous incidents in libraries include the ‘Transy Book Heist’,[1] or […]

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