Following up on Jackie’s post on the RBMS 2014 Preconference, and Michelle Light’s #bestplenaryever* I asked Michelle to give me a list of the various reproduction, permissions, and copyright policies she found helpful or influential (with the caveat that this list is by no means exclusive and that there are other “good guy” policies out there). Michelle told me that her criteria for “good guy” policies are:
1) no requirement for the institution to grant permission to publish when the institution did not own the copyright or when the material was in the public domain
2) no use fees, or no use fees for public domain materials and materials copyrighted by others
3) some mention about fair use
4) clear statement that it is the users’ responsibility to research copyright and gather any necessary permissions
So with that brief introduction, here’s Michelle’s list of “the good guys:”
- Beineke Library, Yale University http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/research/permissions-copyright [Note from Michelle: “My hands down favorite, especially when used in conjunction with how they deliver publishable quality images online.”]
- University of Virginia Libraries http://search.lib.virginia.edu/terms.html
- Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/reproduce.html
- Cornell University Library Digital Collections http://cdl.library.cornell.edu/guidelines.html
- UNC Chapel Hill, Wilson Special Collections Library http://www2.lib.unc.edu/wilson/visit/visiting.html and http://www2.lib.unc.edu/wilson/research/duplication.html
- Northwestern University Library, Special Librarieshttp://www.library.northwestern.edu/copies-and-permissions-services-special-libraries
- New York State Libraries, Manuscripts and Special Collections http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/msspol.htm
- University of Michigan, Special Collections Library http://www.lib.umich.edu/special-collections-library/special-collections-duplication-services
- University of Maryland, Special Collections and University Archives http://www.lib.umd.edu/special/policies/scanning and http://digital.lib.umd.edu/copyright
- The J. Paul Getty Trust, Open Content Program http://www.getty.edu/about/opencontent.html
And of course I’d like to add Michelle’s recently revised policies:
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Special Collections: http://www.library.unlv.edu/speccol/research_and_services/reproductions
My hope is that in putting this information in one place (quickly) and following Michelle’s amazing talk will inspire many of you to take a fresh look at your own policies, and help you put your institution on the side of the good guys. If you know of other policies that should be included in this list, please leave a comment below, and I will edit this post to include them!
*Update: Michelle has posted a copy of her talk, Controlling Goods or Promoting the Public Good: Choices for Special Collections in the Marketplace, online. See also the comments below for more additions to “good guys” policies.
Merrilee Proffitt is Senior Manager for the OCLC RLP. She provides community development skills and expert support to institutions within the OCLC Research Library Partnership.