Europeana launches its Public Domain Charter

The Europeana Foundation has published a policy statement, the Public Domain Charter, to highlight the value of public domain content in the knowledge economy. It alerts Europe’s museums, libraries, archives and audiovisual collections to the fact that digitization of Public Domain content does not create new rights in it.

The document highlights the Public Domain as a “shared resource that underpins contemporary societies” and it “provides a historically developed balance to the rights of creators protected by copyright.”

This initiative strengthens the recently-launched Public Domain Manifesto goal to protect today’s cultural landscape particularly relevant to education, cultural heritage and scientific research – thus ensuring that it can continue to function in a meaningful way.

Click here for more details about Europeana’s Public Domain Charter.

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