Copyright Review Project Librarian
University of Michigan
M. Claire Stewart
Head, Digital Collections
Digital Programs Team Leader
University of Connecticut
Libraries involved in large scale digitization projects with partners such as Google and the Internet Archive have sallied forth with confidence as long as they have focused on making openly accessible those published materials with imprints up to and including 1922. However, the copyright waters of 1923 and beyond become much murkier, and the uncertain fate of the Google Book Settlement (GBS)—likely to be dry-docked in the courts for some time to come—has distracted libraries from much forward progress on broadening access to digitized book collections. In fact in practice, the GBS only begins where public domain ends, and opportunities to identify public domain titles and gather permissions from rights holders are available to libraries seeking to broaden access to their digitized materials. This session will include discussion of post-1922 book copyright evaluation workflows developed at the presenters’ institutions:
- University of Michigan’s IMLS-funded project to identify public domain titles among books in the HathiTrust Digital Library
- Northwestern University’s copyright checking workflow and preliminary work to gather author permissions for locally digitized books
- University of Connecticut’s 1923-1977 decision tree.
The presenters hope to foster discussion about establishing community practices and procedures that libraries can follow to provide open online access to hundreds of thousands of post-1922 titles.