The Public Domain is the material from which society derives knowledge and fashions new cultural works. Having a healthy and thriving Public Domain is essential to the social and economic well-being of society. However, during the act of digitisation, organisations or the person performing the act of digitising sometimes claims copyright on the digitised work, effectively taking it out of the public domain. European copyright law does not give a clear answer if this is allowed or not as this notion of ‘originality’ is hard to define and leads to a lot of discussions.
During this workshop we want to explore the this further and provide a series of guidelines for cultural heritage institutions when they start a digitisation program. The workshop will bring together representatives from cultural heritage institutions, legal experts and open data advocates to address the topic and come to a common approach how to deal with this issue.
Session hashtag: #OKFestPD This session was co-created by the Open GLAM Open Knowledge Working Group. This session remains editorially independent as it was put together in consultation with the Programme Team following the same guidelines as for other sessions at the festival.