An Introduction to Rights Management

This session will provide an introduction to the sometimes daunting world of rights management. Together we will explore intellectual property rights, in particular works protected by copyright. The session will offer an overview of copyright and its implications for museums, their audiences and collections. We will discuss basic principles including ownership, duration, obtaining and recording permissions, risk management and orphan works, as well as how to apply the SPECTRUM Rights Management procedure within your organisation.

Delegates will be encouraged to participate through discussions, and there will be plenty of opportunity for questions throughout.

We ask that, where possible, delegates kindly submit questions in advance, to enable us to answer them effectively on the day.

If possible please bring with you any relevant documentation, for sharing and discussion – for example your organisation’s permission forms, IPR policy etc.

This session is being run in partnership between Museum Development Yorkshire and the Collections Trust. The Collections Trust offer free training and advice through their ACE-funded outreach programme, working closely with the museum development network.

The session will be led by Sarah Brown. Sarah is the face of Collections Trust around the country, and works closely with the museum development network across the English regions to deliver free, ACE-funded events on a range of collections management topics. Sarah is the person to contact with your collection management queries.

Who should attend?

  • Museum staff and volunteers involved in recording, obtaining and/or using collections rights information.
  • Those with no existing knowledge or those in need of a refresher

Tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided on the day. Catering facilities are available at the venue or in local cafes. Please feel free to bring your own lunch.

To register please click here


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