As more museums digitize their collections, new questions surrounding copyright laws continue to surface.

Fred Poyner provides a detailed explanation of the difference between born digital and digitized collections and the laws applied to these two distinct types of content.

Poyner explains the current copyright law, the application of fair use, and how to license collections. The “Licensing Collections” section provides step-by-step instructions for licensing content within collections by first defining the rights of the collection and finally investigating and enforcing violations of the copyright.

Technical Leaflet #251 (2010)