Copyright is an ethical concern for historical organizations when creating exhibits and presentations to the public. On the other hand, outsiders can violate the copyright of content museums own.
The Shiloh Museum’s copyright policy addresses both of these concerns and serves as a useful model for museums updating or drafting a new copyright policy.
This policy provides a useful overview of what items are considered in the free domain and how they can be used. It also outlines what copyrighted material the museum holds and the process museum staff should carry out to obtain permissions when using copyrighted material in exhibits and programming.