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Access to Digital Collections of Public Domain Works: Enclosure of the Commons Managed by Libraries and Museums

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dc.contributor.author de Rosnay, M. Dulong
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-21T18:37:52Z
dc.date.available 2011-03-21T18:37:52Z
dc.date.issued 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7112
dc.description.abstract "Digital copies of physical books and art objects curated by libraries and museums are being made available to the public online. Their access and reuse conditions are submitted to terms of use and policies defined by the institutions in charge of the development of databases and the digitisation of works, of which many are in the public domain. As no copyright applies to these works, their digital instantiation should in principle be freely accessible and reusable. However, in practice, some memory institutions databases contractual terms of use impose restrictions (for instance, reserving the commercial use of the version they digitalized or reserving the right to reuse photographies they funded), thus re-introducing physical barriers for resources which are supposed to be in the commons. The article analyzes a sample of online databases policies of libraries and museums public domain collections in various countries, and provides examples of best practices of institutions and collective actions to avoid adding unnecessary restrictions to public domain works. A good governance of the digital commons including adequate partnerships will enhance access to knowledge." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject libraries en_US
dc.subject public domain en_US
dc.subject enclosure en_US
dc.subject governance and politics en_US
dc.title Access to Digital Collections of Public Domain Works: Enclosure of the Commons Managed by Libraries and Museums en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.subject.sector Information & Knowledge en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Sustaining Commons: Sustaining Our Future, the Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates January 10-14 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Hyderabad, India en_US

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