Whistle-stop tour of copyright and open licensing

Navigating copyright and open licensing laws is challenging for many heritage organisations. In this Reflect, Share, Inspire session Naomi Korn and Sean Waterman, from Naomi Korn Associates, draw upon resources on the Digital Heritage Hub to recap on copyright and open licensing to help you understand when you need to ask permission to use and share content you do not own the rights to. This includes consideration of the Creative Commons license required as part of National Lottery Heritage Fund grants.

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Whistle-stop tour of copyright and open licensing

This recording has closed captions in English, simply click on the closed captions symbol CC on the video below. This recording is 56 minutes in length. Download session presentation: Whistle-stop tour of copyright and open licensing (PDF 2 MB). More resources relating to this topic can be found in the Digital Heritage Hub session resource pack. Download transcript of this session (Word 59KB).


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In this resource, Naomi Korn Associates’ Senior Consultant Debbie McDonnell describes what you need to know when seeking permission to use other people’s in-copyright content in your open licensed asset. This includes consideration of the Creative Commons licence required as part of National Lottery Heritage Fund grants, and features a helpful Licence Agreement Template.

Published: 2023
Resource type: Webinars and films

Creative Commons Licence Except where noted and excluding company and organisation logos this work is shared under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY 4.0) Licence

Please attribute as: "Whistle-stop tour of copyright and open licensing (2023) by Naomi Korn and Sean Waterman supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, licensed under CC BY 4.0


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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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