Digital communications technologies have led to fundamental changes in the ways that cultural institutions fulfill their public missions of access, preservation, research, and education. Institutions are developing publicly-accessible websites in which users can visit online exhibitions, search collection databases, access images of collection items, and in some cases create their own digital content. Digitization, however, also raises the possibility of copyright infringement. This lecture aims to assist understanding and compliance with copyright law across cultural institutions. We will discuss the exclusive rights of the copyright owner, the major exemptions used by cultural heritage institutions, and stresses the importance of “risk assessment” when conducting any digitization project.
Prof. Pedro Letai is an expert in copyrigth issues, social networks and google. So, feel free to ask him your doubts and queries.