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Read more about the first participants of the course.

Upcoming: None at this time

Cost: R1,500 per person (including course pack and refreshments)

In-house workshops for individual companies/units are also available. Email hfordsa@gmail.com for more information.

Who should come? Information professionals working in museums, archives, libraries; web developers, designers and creators working in the heritage sector, historians interested in online community-building, educators and curriculum developers who self-publish, funders who fund the heritage sector, as well as anyone interested in the impact of the Internet on peoples’ access to heritage, and how to use digital copyright tools to their advantage.

The course

With the arrival of the Internet and the so-called ‘read-write-web’, copyright and new hybrid models of intellectual property sharing and control have become critical for museum, archive and library personnel to understand and master. It is only through learning how the memories that heritage institutions curate can be governed, shared and made accessible, that we can begin to understand their role into the next century. Heritage institutions have a number of challenges in dealing with online copyright, and it is essential that they begin to understand how they can develop work processes that take into account new approaches and tools, if they are to survive and thrive in the Internet age.

Copyright is one of the primary concerns/challenges faced by museums. When materials were donated to them in their brick and mortar form, they weren’t given permission to publish online – or enable others to re-publish online. This has caused museum personnel to feel hemmed in by the lack of permission and the consequent threat of litigation. At the same time, we’re seeing the flourishing of the ‘read-write-web’ where users are demanding that they be allowed to distribute materials to their own audiences – thus spreading access to cultural artefacts in ways never before possible. A number of tools have recently been developed that could assist museums in fulfilling their mandate and charting new territory in the digital space. The open source and Creative Commons revolution has enabled us to think outside of the copyright box and form new ideas for model releases that donors can sign when donating materials. For older materials, the ‘no known copyright exceptions’ for public domain works has enabled exciting sharing of previously inaccessible photographs on the Flickr Commons. And through collaboration and consultation, many museums are developing standards for making heritage accessible online where copyright holders are often unknown or cannot be found or contacted. This short course aims to enable personnel in the heritage sector to understand how to apply both old and new copyright models in furthering the goals of their organisations.


  1. Participants will understand how copyright works and be able to distinguish between the different rights associated with works on the Internet.
  2. Participants will understand how to determine the copyright status of a work, at what date copyright will lapse and the work fall into the public domain, and how to undertake due diligence in order to find the copyright owner of a work.
  3. Participants will be able to read and understand copyright implications of terms and conditions and understand their impact.
  4. Participants will understand all the options available in terms of copyright management, licensing and permissions, and be able to make informed decisions about their institution’s intellectual property and the intellectual property that they hold custody over.
  5. Participants will understand the impact of different copyright licensing models on sustainability and business models.

Notice: Training will be offered only if groups of 10 or more sign up for each event.


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