Practical Guide to Copyright

Organisation Collections Trust

Collections Trust’s Practical Guide to Copyright by Naomi Korn with Gordon McKenna,  is an excellent starting point, but it isn’t a free publication. It’s available from Collection Trust’s online shop.

In six chapters, the book covers:

  • Introduction: Why does copyright matter, what is protected by copyright, what does copyright control, who owns the copyright of a work, how long does copyright last, moral rights in works, other Intellectual Property Rights associated with objects in collections, using your collections and the importance of good practice.
  • Developing a Copyright Policy: Why is a policy important, what should be in a copyright or IPR policy and how to make your policy work.
  • Carrying out a rights audit of your collections: Why do it, when should it be done, who should do it and how to carry it out.
  • Getting permission to use your collection: When to get permission, whose permission do you need, how to find out who owns the rights, how to get permission, what should happen if the rights holder cannot be traced or they are unknown?
  • Rights management: Why do it, when should it be done, who should do it, what are the basic requirements and what information should be recorded?
  • Protecting Rights: Why do you need to protect rights, how to protect rights, protecting digital content.
Rights Collections Trust
Published 2015
Format Print publication
Creator Naomi Korn with Gordon McKenna