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Cultural Heritage Institutions from a Commons Perspective

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Cultural Heritage Institutions have started digitizing their assets about twenty years ago. Since then, a range of legal problems accompanying digitization efforts have been identified, and usage scenarios have changed a lot. The cultural legitimacy of private corporations making use of these resources is challenged. This workshop takes an understanding of cultural heritage as a cultural commons as its starting point, presents the results of the ongoing research project entitled „The Tragedy of the Cultural Commons“ focusing on cultural heritage institutions, identifies and discusses relevant legal questions that need to be addressed, and takes further research into perspective.

Key Learnings:

  • Gain insight in current legal debates on copyrights, intellectual property rights, intangible cultural heritage, and regulations pertaining to access to cultural heritage
  • Deepened understanding of the recently developed „cultural commons framework“ and the application of a systematic analytic approach to an existing research field
  • Comprehension of the interaction between legal norms and societal as well as technical developments
  • Getting an idea about how scientific debates are driven by new terms and concepts presented in the academic arena

Confirmed Participants:

  • Brett Frischmann, Charles Widger Endowed University Professor in Law, Business and Economics, Villanova University, Pennsylvania, USA.
  • Michael J. Madison, Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Innovation Practice Institute at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
  • Madelyn Rose Sanfilippo, Assistant Professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois, Illinois, USA.
  • Jörg Lehmann, Fellow 2021/22 at the Center for Digitization Research, Bochum, Germany.

The workshop will take place digitally. The event language is English.

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