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ICSTI: Copying, copyright and digital preservation

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  • Subject: ICSTI: Copying, copyright and digital preservation
  • From: Pete Strickland <ps@iucr.org>
  • Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 17:27:37 +0100 (BST)

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From: Barry Mahon <mahons1@EIRCOM.NET>
Subject: Copying, copyright and digital preservation

I am grateful to Marie Wallin for the information about a new project which
 is underway at Loughborough University.

The project is based on the conclusion that:

"It is not clear whether UK law provides for copying for digital
 preservation. Copyright law could be amended to allow the copying required
 for digital preservation; other countries could provide examples to  be
 followed in the UK. Access rather than ownership models also present
 problems for libraries in that they have to rely on others to preserve
 digital information. While physical deposit of digital information with
 libraries is the only option that gives libraries control over preservation,
 without the legal right to copy, this control is only partial. Libraries and
 publishers will have to work together to agree how the preservation of
 digital information can be managed"

The next step of this research will investigate the needs and views of these
stakeholders. The data gathered will be used to come up with more potential
solutions and assess what actions need to be taken by libraries, publishers,
legislators and others.

The background to the project is describe at:




Best wishes

Peter Strickland
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