Chapter 10

Copyright and Digital Cultural Heritage: Licences and Licensing Agreements

Written by Chris Morrison and Jane Secker, September 2018

In this commentary we provide you with an overview of licences and licensing agreements, including what they are, how they relate to copyright exceptions and crucially how they relate to the work of information professionals and others in the cultural heritage sector. We discuss a variety of licence types, including e-resource licences, open licences as well as collective licences available to the sector. We also briefly look at the relationship between copyright and contract law. We finish by reviewing the new provisions in UK law which allow Collective Management Organisations (CMOs) to offer Extended Collective Licensing (ECL) schemes, and how this might increase access to difficult-to-find works, such as those that are out of commerce.

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