Reports & tools - Intellectual property rights
For public bodies, understanding the implications and roles of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and licensing in their capacity as a provider, aggregator and/or publisher of digital content is essential in their role in the digital content lifecycle from creation to curation, to ensure that they can deliver publically funded content. This means that at an operational level, it is essential that the management of copyright and other IPRs, as well as consideration of permissions required, the resources required to seek such permissions, management of works where rights holders are unknown or cannot be traced and how end users will be able to engage with the content, form part of the digitisation life cycle and key project management planning and decisions.
The IPR toolkit and associated material provides resources that staff working with digital content can use to help them deal with the IPR and licensing issues which might arise. This essential toolkit, which is being continually updated, has been developed for customisation and adaptation to suit specific needs and requirements.
The intellectual property rights toolkit for public sector bodies has been developed for the Strategic Content Alliance by the Alliance’s IPR consultants, Professor Charles Oppenheim and Naomi Korn.
This essential toolkit, provides resources that staff working with digital content can use to help them deal with IPR and licensing issues which might arise.
Case studies mapping the flows of content, value and rights across the public sector (this is a rename for IPR case studies)
This report is an analysis of seven case studies of publicly funded online content initiatives, which demonstrate the flow of content, value and rights across the respective seven representatives of the Strategic Content Alliance sponsors.
IPR navigation map (v9.0)
This visualisation tool sets out the key steps and decisions involved in dealing with the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and licensing issues associated with content generation and/or use.
Embedding creative commons licences into digital resources
Creative Commons licences (also referred to as CC licences) can facilitate the copying, reuse, distribution, and in some cases, the modification of the original owner’s creative work without needing to get permission each time from the rights holder. This short briefing paper accompanies further information on CC licences (PDF), which demonstrates how the terms of Creative Commons licences can be embedded into a variety of resources, such as PowerPoint, images, Word docs, elearning resources, podcasts and other audio visual resources.
Managing orphan works
Orphan Works are letters/poems/emails/artistic compositions and any other creative works which are 'n copyright'but where the rightsholders are unknown or cannot be traced. To use these works, public bodies have to effectively manage the associated rights and permissions of these works to make them accessible.
Out-of-commerce works (PDF)
JISC's submission to the EC on proposed key principles for out-of-commerce (print) works
Overview of the ‘openness’ of licences to provide access to materials, data, databases and media (PDF)
This paper provides an overview of the different model licences that are available across UK HE and FE that might contribute towards the repertoire of Open Resources.
Practical suggestions to remain compliant with the Digital Economy Act (PDF)
The Digital Economy Act 2010 includes provisions relating to the UK’s communications infrastructure, public service broadcasting, copyright licensing and online infringement of copyright, and security and safety online and in video games.
IPR elearning Module
A *new* elearning module is available to help people dealing with intellectual property rights in universities, colleges, museums, libraries and other public bodies.The module will help them understand the implications and roles of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and licensing – all crucial to their institution’s role as a provider, aggregator and/or publisher of digital content.
After completing the module, they will be better able to create, exploit and manage digital content with confidence, and most importantly, using a risk managed approach.
Risk Management Calculator
The Risk Managament calculator has been designed to provide a guide to the types of criteria which might reduce or raise levels of risks associated with material for which permission has not been sought, and then help understand the types of decisions which could potentially reduce their risk. Typical examples of this might include materials which are still in copyright, but for which the rights holders cannot be traced or are unknown (so called “Orphan Works”).