From Dusty Boxes to Data Bytes Acquiring Rights to Special Collections in the Digital Age
Hathcock, April M.
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Acquiring the rights to special collections material is of increasing importance as special collections are increasingly being digitized and placed online. Greater access to materials can lead to greater risk of copyright infringement, but for materials being acquired currently, it is possible to reduce the risk by acquiring rights at the point of accession. At New York University, key stakeholders addressed these issues by creating a framework for special collections acquisitions agreements that covers common circumstances surrounding the transfer of intellectual rights to special collections material, specifically with an eye to the possible digitization and placement of the material online.