Copyright and Digital Cultural Heritage: Managing Anxiety, Uncertainty and Risk

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Friday, 18 August 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Copyright and Digital Cultural Heritage: Managing Anxiety, Uncertainty and Risk by Ronan Deazley

If you work with digital cultural heritage, if you work in the digital humanities, or if you are interested in copyright and digitisation practices, then you may be interested in this talk.

Librarians, archivists and museum curators take copyright law very seriously. They are law-abiding people with strong professional ethics. But often they find the copyright regime complicated, confusing and intimidating, and especially within an online and global environment. There is a good reason for this: it is complicated, confusing and intimidating. And it is negatively impacting the preservation, management and use of our shared cultural heritage. It is negatively impacting how memory institutions deliver on their public interest mission.

In this talk, Prof Ronan Deazley discusses copyright, anxiety, uncertainty and risk when dealing with the digitisation of library, archive and museum collections. He also presents The Copyright Cortex ( a new online resource dedicated to copyright and digital cultural heritage. The Copyright Cortex is intended to support the invaluable work of memory institutions and their staff.

Ronan Deazley is Professor of Copyright at Queen's University, Belfast, and the Centennial Research Fellow at St.Leo's College, University of Queensland. He has published extensively on the history and theory of the law of copyright, although his academic work often takes more non-traditional forms, such as gallery exhibitions, comics, animated films, and open access educational resources. In 2014, he co-founded ( an independent online resource that makes UK copyright law more accessible to creators, media professionals, students and the general public. At present, Prof Deazley's main research interests concern how copyright impacts the work of memory institutions in enabling online access to our shared cultural heritage. He is also a qualifed archivist.  

Drinks will be served in the Macquarie Room from 5.30pm. This talk will commence at 6pm in the Metcalfe Auditorium.

This event is hosted by UTS: Law and AustLII, Australasian Legal Information Institute - A joint facility of UTS and UNSW. Supported by the State Library of New South Wales.

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