Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and Licensing

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For public bodies, understanding Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and licensing is essential to their role as a provider, aggregator and/or publisher of publicly funded digital content.

This means that at an operational and strategic level, it is essential that the management of copyright and other IPR form part of the digitisation life cycle and are included in key project management planning and decisions.

Issues that may require particular consideration are:

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  • Permissions required for the digitisation/use of third party content and the organisational resources required to seek such permissions
  • Management of works where rights holders are unknown or cannot be traced (‘orphan works’)
  • How end users will be able to engage and re-use or re-purpose the content


The IPR toolkit and associated material provides resources that staff working with digital content can use to help them deal with the IPR and licensing issues which might arise. This essential toolkit, which is being continually updated, has been developed for customisation and adaptation to suit specific needs and requirements.

The Intellectual Property Rights toolkit and associated material has been developed for the Strategic Content Alliance by our IPR consultants, Professor Charles Oppenheim and Naomi Korn.

IPR themes

The tools, case studies, reports and videos that have been produced to aid understanding around IPR have been split up by theme below:

Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights

Creative Commons Licenses

Orphan Works and Risk Management

The Digital Economy Act

Accessing and Using Third Party Content

Protecting and managing rights- IPR Policy

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and Licensing publications

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