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Rights in the Digital Era

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  • Edited by Menzi L. Behrnd-Klodt and Christopher J. Prom; introduction by Peter B. Hirtle; featuring modules by Heather Briston, Menzi L. Behrnd-Klodt, and Aprille McKay 

  • Rights in the Digital Era is the second installment in the series Trends in Archives Practice. It includes four timely modules:

    • Module 4: Understanding Copyright Law
      by Heather Briston

      Describes the main principles of copyright law and outlines strategies for addressing common issues, special topics, and digital projects.
    • Module 5: Balancing Access and Privacy in Manuscript Collections
      by Menzi L. Behrnd-Klodt

      Introduces basic access and privacy laws, concepts, definitions, and professional ethical standards affecting manuscript materials and private and family papers.
    • Module 6: Balancing Access and Privacy in the Records of Organizations
      by Menzi L. Behrnd-Klodt

      Introduces basic access and privacy laws, concepts, definitions, and professional ethical standards affecting the management of records created by organizations, businesses, agencies, and other entities.
    • Module 7: Managing Rights andPermissions
      by Aprille C. McKay

      Provides practical guidance to help archivists transfer, clear, manage, and track rights information in analog and digital archives.

    As Harvard University Research Fellow Peter B. Hirtle notes in his introduction, "These modules are an important resource for all archivists who want to understand some of their legal obligations when providing access to archival materials. They provide a useful introduction to the law of copyright, privacy, publicity, and trademarks from an archival perspective."

    Product Details

    Publisher: Society of American Archivists (2015)
    Paperback: 248 pages
    Product Dimension: 6x9 inches
    Weight: 0.752 pounds
    ISBN: 1-931666-73-3




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Rights in the Digital Era
  • ". . . serves as a primer for professional advocacy for laws that better support archival work. Rights in the Digital Era achieves the goals of the Trends in Archives Practice series in that the modules are concise, authoritative, and practical. The authors and editors are to be commended for presenting a lot of information in a concise and readable fashion."
    American Archivist 79:2 (2016)

    "Written authoritatively by archivists who are also legal scholars, each module provides practical overviews of the laws that govern archival practice, and examples of how legal risks presented by digital reproduction and distribution are successfully managed by archival institutions."
    Provenance (2016)

    "These authoritative, practical, thorough and reassuring essays are framed by a rallying cry from Peter Hirtle, past president of the SAA: Learn to live with risk and love it."
    Archives and Records: The Journal of the Archives and Records Association (2016)

    "Overall I found this book to be pragmatic, accessible, and one which advocates appropriately for a risk-based approach. It breathes life into complex issues with case studies and provides useful templates which digital archivists can adapt to their own institutional situations. Thumbs up."
    Archives and Manuscripts (2016)

    "This volume is an indispensable tool for the ethical fulfillment of archival responsibilities, while maintaining respect for and balance with the law."
    New England Archivists Newsletter (2016)