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Digital Copyright Slider February 13, 2009

Posted by Heather Ford in Snippets.
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picture-10This awesome ‘Digital Copyright Slider‘ has been developed by the American Library Association as an easy reference to find out whether a work is protected by copyright.

By setting the arrow on the date of the work’s publication, you can find out whether the work is in the public domain, whether it was registered when copyright registration was required before 1989, and where to find more information about tracking down copyright owners to request permission.

The Copyright Advisory Network site, where the tool is hosted, seems to be an amazing repository of news and analysis by the library community in the United States. According to the site, its purpose ‘is to encourage librarians to discuss copyright concerns and seek feedback and advice from fellow librarians and copyright specialists.’

It would be awesome to build a similar slider for South Africa. And since the ALA has licensed their tool under a CC BY-NC-SA license, anyone can do just that!

Access to South African history under spotlight at the Nelson Mandela Foundation December 1, 2008

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Bekka just sent me the link to this news story from the Nelson Mandela Foundation site about a recent seminar that they held to discuss the digitization of archive material. Interestingly, the seminar seemed to focus on some really key progress areas, namely:

Along with the need for all archival institutions to digitise archival material and make finding aids available online, the forum discussed the issues of missing Rivonia Trial records, restricted access to the archival records of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), and the need for archival institutions in South Africa to come together to share information and resources as well as provide a shared platform from which to lobby government about classified documents.

Great to see that collaboration and access issues are being discussed, but it seems that the missing issue here is around copyright and ownership policies relating – as well as online access (rather than simple digitisation). Really looking forward to discussing this at next year’s seminars!