Report Examines Copyright Issues in Digital Archiving

CLIR Press Release:


For Immediate Release: February 18, 2003

Contact: Kathlin Smith 202-939-4754

Report Examines Copyright Issues in Digital Archiving

Washington, D.C.—A new report from the Council on Library and Information Resources and the Library of Congress provides guidance on copyright issues for those who are planning or managing a digital archive. The report, Copyright Issues Relevant to the Creation of a Digital Archive: A Preliminary Assessment, was written by June Besek, executive director of the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts at Columbia University.

In the report, the author analyzes issues that librarians must address in deciding what may be made available to their patrons in digital form. She provides concise, basic information about copyright law and highlights areas of special concern for creating digital archives. Additionally, she identifies areas where there is much uncertainty and recommends further studies to narrow the issues and suggest constructive solutions.

The report includes sections on copyright subject matter, copyright rights, exceptions, and requirements, mandatory deposit, copyright ownership, unpublished works, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. There is also a section devoted to international issues.

Copyright Issues Relevant to the Creation of a Digital Archive was commissioned for and sponsored by the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program of the Library of Congress. It is available on CLIR’s Web site at Print copies can be ordered through the Web site.

The Council on Library and Information Resources is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the management of information for research, teaching, and learning. CLIR works to expand access to information, however recorded and preserved, as a public good.

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