May 23, 2022

A DPLA, Europeana, and Creative Commons Working Group Release White Papers on Establishing International & Interoperable Rights Statements

From a Digital Public Library Blog Post:

Over the past twelve months representatives from EuropeanaDPLA and Creative Commons have been exploring the possibilities for a collaborative approach to rights statements that can be used to communicate the copyright status of cultural objects published via our platforms. This work is close to the heart of both Europeana and the DPLA as we both seek to share clear and accurate information about copyright status with users.


On behalf of the Working Group we are pleased to share with you today two White Papers that describe our recommendations for establishing a group of rights statements, and the enabling technical infrastructure.  These recommendations include a proposal for a list of shared rights statement that both the DPLA and Europeana can use depending on the needs of our respective organizations:

Paper #1: Recommendations for standardized international rights statement

This paper describes the need for a common standardized approach. Based on the experience of both of our organizations, we have described the principles we think any international approach to providing standardized  rights statements needs to meet. Together with this whitepaper we propose a list of twelve new rights statements that reflect the year long discussions of the Working Group.

Comments are encouraged. Post them in the white paper. The deadline is June 26, 2015.

Paper #2:  A proposal for a technical infrastructure

The existing Europeana Licensing Framework offers rights statements provided by third parties (the Creative Commons licenses and Public Domain Tools) and rights statements that are hosted on the Europeana portal. In order to ensure that the new rights statements can be used by institutions around the world we are proposing to host the new rights statements in their own namespace:

Comments are also encouraged. Post them in the white paper. The deadline is June 26, 2015.

A third White Paper, “which proposes an approach to managing these statements so that they are sustainable and managed by all stakeholders” will be published this summer.

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