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Copyright Basics: Copyright & Dublin Core

This guide covers the bare-bones basics of copyright law and the responsible and ethical reuse of images, in particular. It is intended to help guide college students as they build websites that serve educational purposes. It is not intended to provide le

If you own the copyright

If you want to share your own images or other content* in a digital archive, list yourself as the creator and in the "Rights" field, make sure you tell others what they can and can't do with your work. I recommend that you license your work with Creative Commons. This will help you decide which license is right for you: As you go through and answer the questions, it auto-generates some html code at the end. You can use this code in Omeka or on other platforms.

1. Choose your license using the license generator linked above.

2. In Omeka, simply check the little box that says "use html" just beneath the Rights field.

3. In the bar that appears at the top of the field, select <> which is "source code."

4. Then, copy and paste that embed code directly from the license creator into the source code box and save. You should see some internationally recognized symbols appear that indicate to your users which license applies to your work. Now they know what they legally have permission to do with your work and what they can't do!

* Please note that you only own the copyright if you are the original creator- i.e. you took the photograph, you wrote the play, you recorded the film, etc. 

If you do not own the copyright

If you found an item that you want to reuse from CC Search or from some other source, you need to let others know that you are using the item with permission and that if they want to use it, they need to approach the copyright owner. In order to communicate this in a standardized way, we use

1. Please navigate to the statements page and choose "In Copyright."

2. Copy the URI for that statement. Then, in Omeka, write "In Copyright" in the Rights field for the item.

3. Check the "Use HTML" box just below the field.

4. Highlight the "In Copyright" you just typed and click on the little link in the editing bar. If you hover over it, it should say "Insert/edit link" You should see this: 

5. Paste the URI for the In Copyright rights statement into the URL field. Make sure to select "new window" so that your user is not taken away from the website if they want to read about what rights they have to reuse the work you're describing. See example below: 

6. Click Ok. You should now have a linked rights statement in the Rights field for your item.