100 digital questions answered

Across four themes we answer small to medium-sized heritage organisation's most pressing and frequently asked digital questions


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Chris Sutherns, Naomi Korn Associates

Chris Sutherns | Consultant | Naomi Korn Associates

Chris Sutherns is a licensing and intellectual property executive and practising photographer. Having worked at the V&A and the British Museum prior to his current full-time role at a leading UK arts institution, he combines his experience across the heritage, academic and commercial sectors, and a practice-led approach to content creation with legal best-practice advice for management, use and reach of cultural content. He undertakes freelance consultancy for Naomi Korn Associates by arrangement.

Chris works with varied external clients and internal stakeholders to ensure that cultural material is readily available for diverse projects while maximising opportunities for revenue generation within a fair, consistent and balanced framework. Chris also provides guidance to users and colleagues in areas of intellectual property law, including copyright ownership, risk management, fair dealing, freedom of panorama and incidental inclusion exceptions and law in different jurisdictions. Since March 2020 Chris has been directly responsible for the launch and ongoing management of the institution’s Artist Copyright Service, a comprehensive copyright administration service offered to artists and estates whose works are either included within the collection or who are synonymous with the exhibitions and displays programme.

As a member of the British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies’ Rights Group, Chris represents picture libraries within the cultural heritage sector. He holds a Diploma with Distinction in IP and Collections from the Institute of Art and Law, London.

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Resources by Chris Sutherns, Naomi Korn Associates


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This article by Chris Sutherns will provide you with best practice guidance for clearing rights to use others’ works online, allowing you to identify which works require permission and how to go about it.

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With international tourism to Britain not expected to return to pre-pandemic levels until 2025, on top of the cuts of the austerity era, in this article Chris Sutherns from Naomi Korn Associates outlines how organisations can use digital content to generate income.

Digital Heritage Hub is managed by Arts Marketing Association (AMA) in partnership with The Heritage Digital Consortium and The University of Leeds. It has received Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and National Lottery funding, distributed by The Heritage Fund as part of their Digital Skills for Heritage initiative. Digital Heritage Hub is free and answers small to medium sized heritage organisations most pressing and frequently asked digital questions.

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