Below a list of talking points essential for any publicly accessible website hosting digitized publications.
The situation regarding access to digitized works is characterized by mostly one of two extremes: prohibitive rules of access, which are mostly the result of the publishing industries’ FUD campaign, or a general permission to access and reuse their material, without going too much into detail (and, unfortunately, therefore defining the exact rights).
Instead, each site — and maybe each collection inside a site — should have its distinct, exactly specified policy regarding use, access, reuse of its material, for the sake of research and the future of digitizations.
- commercial use forbidden
- private use only
- scientific use only
- limited access to known users only
- limited time only (e.g. project)
- unlimited access
- no further distribution
- only by granting the same rights / obligations
- only for scientific use
- only with written consent of owner
- freely distributable (common domain)
Display on Website:
- provenance of original (logo / link)
- digitization provider
- copyright holder
- rights / restrictions to the material
- no download (i.e. only visible online)
- low-res scans
- high-res scans
- complete edition as pdf