Tools and Topics

Copyright & Ethical Reuse

Legal and ethical considerations can be difficult to navigate when teaching with digital tools and incorporating media from different collections and communities across international borders. Knowing the basics–including when you and your students can use materials without permission–is a good first step.


Navigating Copyright to Create and Share DH Projects

UF librarian Perry Collins addresses the basics of copyright and intellectual property, including topics such as fair use/fair dealing, what to keep in mind for international initiatives, and ways that ethical frameworks might address places where copyright falls short.

Documenting Personal and Community Stories

UF librarian Perry Collins provides an overview of documenting oral histories as well as ethical and copyright guidelines to follow when collecting and sharing oral histories.


Public domain in the U.S.

If you are scanning, copying, or sharing materials in the United States, you might need some help navigating a complicated history of copyright laws. This chart by Peter Hirtle can help you decide if a work is in or out of copyright.

Ethical perspectives

Copyright law is largely focused on individual creators as rights owners. Local Contexts began as one effort to support “Indigenous sovereignty over cultural heritage,” focusing on the digital environment.

International copyright

Wikipedia is one great place to get started when you want to learn the basics about copyright in an international context.

Contact: Perry Collins

dLOC Copyright Liaison and University of Florida Librarian
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Perry is available to support the broader dLOC community of scholars, students, and practitioners in getting started with copyright and related ethical issues. Perry may also be able to help identify local experts within your own institution or nearby.