Just another quick note to tell you about the work I have been doing as part of my cultural heritage management practicum with the World Archaeological Congress (WAC). I have been working with Ashley Sands as part of the Global Libraries Program, researching the current international copyright and intellectual property (IP) laws regarding electronic materials, e.g. journal articles, ebooks etc. The Global Libraries Program hopes to use this information to develop a digital academic database, which would ensure that all Global Libraries have the same materials and resources as high income libraries, thus, levelling he playing field of knowledge across the globe.
My main research question is:
What are the current international laws regarding copyright?
The sub-questions analyse in detail what is allowed and was is prohibited by these laws in regards to uploading personal collections, uploading the work of others and whether domestic laws have an impact on such arrangements.
It has been an interesting research task and I’m really looking forward to seeing what the Global Libraries Program creates as a result.