May 29, 2022

Video and Slides: Conference Presentation: “Big Collections in an Era of Big Copyright: Practical Strategies for Making the Most of Digitized Heritage”

UPDATE: We’ve included links (below) to four more presentations from the conference that are available online. We will post each presentation as a separate post in the next week.

The “Big Collections in an Era of Big Copyright: Practical Strategies for Making the Most of Digitized Heritage” presentation took place at the 2014 DLF Forum held in Atlanta on October 28, 2014.

A video recording (82 minutes) of “Big Collections” along with slides were recently made available in the Georgia Tech University institutional repository (SMARTech).


Digitized collections of cultural and scholarly heritage can be much more useful to researchers when not limited to materials more than 90 years old. Yet the challenges and risks of going beyond materials old enough to clearly be out of copyright can seem daunting, especially for larger collections. This panel features a discussion of how projects like HathiTrust, DPLA, and Europeana face these challenges at scale to make a large number of more recent materials available to their audiences. Topics discussed will include systems and analyses that enable public domain review of hundreds of thousands of volumes; using rights of libraries, preservation, accessibility, and fair use to their full extent; documenting and communicating copyright determinations across diffuse collaborations; promoting robust reuse rights for contributed content; and dealing with takedowns and legal disputes. The session aims to develop better understandings of the full range of materials and services we can provide under copyright law for digital collections, and promote discussions of how we can collaborate in bringing a wider range of cultural and scholarly materials and services to our users.


  • John Mark Ockerbloom is the Digital Library Architect and Planner at the University of Pennsylvania Library.
  • Jeremy York is the Assistant Director of HathiTrust and Associate Librarians at the University of Michigan Library.
  • Melissa Levine is the Lead Copyright Officer and Librarian at the University of Michigan Library.
  • Mark Matienzo is the Director of Technology for the Digital Public Library of America.

Direct to Slides Presentations and Video (Stream or Download)

Other Archived Video and Slide Presentations From DLF 2014 Accessible via SMARTech:

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