This project explored the limits (and costs) of EU and UK copyright policy as it impacts the digitisation of unique and distinctive artistic collections. The researchers adopted a case study approach and perform a rights clearance simulation on the Edwin Morgan scrapbooks, a culturally significant mixed-media collection of unpublished artistic works from the early to mid-20th Century. The rights clearance exercise enabled the researchers to develop propositions about the appropriate policy response to the digitisation of archive materials. Specifically: what criteria should inform standards of diligent search that meet the needs of all stakeholders?
Project outputs include:
- Introducing Digitising the Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks - This blog summarises research exploring the extent to which EU and UK copyright policy impacts the digitisation of unique and distinctive artistic collections, such as the Morgan scrapbooks, as well as the costs associated with rights clearance.
- Copyright and Orphan Works, Digital Catapult, London, 29th September 2015 to 29th September 2015
- Selection is Creation: The Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks, Material Culture in Action: Practices of making, collecting and re-enacting art and design, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, 7th September 2015
- Copyright and Creation: Digitising Edwin Morgan's Scrapbooks - part of the Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII) Research Seminar series, November 2016.
- Edwin Morgan Online Resource Launch Event
- Edwin Morgan Online Resource - incorporating a digital edition of the Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks, guidance to assist archivists and librarians in assessing and addressing the copyright implications of mass digitisation initiatives, an interactive visualisation of the comparative treatment of orphan works within the cultural heritage sector under EU and UK copyright law, and the proceedings of the resource launch event.