May 16, 2022

New Full Text Book: “Finding the Public Domain: Copyright Review Management System Toolkit”

Here’s a new book published today (available free online/PDF and print via by the University of Michigan Library with “close collaboration” with Michigan Publishing Services.

From Launch Announcement:

2016-06-13_13-22-59Today, the University of Michigan Library announces the publication of Finding the Public Domain: Copyright Review Management System Toolkit, a resource dedicated to helping others understand the Copyright Review Management System (CRMS) and implement similar copyright review projects.”

Melissa Levine, CRMS Principal Investigator and Lead Copyright Officer at the University of Michigan Library, recommends the Toolkit as “a significant and vital resource for more fully realizing the promise of the public domain.”

Mike Furlough, Executive Director of HathiTrust said that, “cooperative work has been the key to HathiTrust’s success, and there is no better example of this than the CRMS project. CRMS has enriched our understanding of the public domain. Users of the Toolkit will see that it has developed a methodology for copyright investigations that is as legally sound as it is innovative.”

The CRMS Toolkit, which provides a window into the collaboration, research methods and technology behind CRMS, aims to share this transformative activity broadly. The Toolkit is available for free as an e-book. Print copies, offered for sale on a cost recovery basis, are available through Amazon.”

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