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Basic Information about IP Policy

Museum IP Policies

  • Commonwealth of Virginia. "Virginia Museum of Natural History Copyright and Patent Policy." 2000. Reproduced in the AAM Intellectual Property Resource Pack. Washington, DC: American Association of Museums.
  • Henry Ford Policy and Procedures Memorandum Nº. 23A, Intellectual Property. March 1999. Unpublished.
  • Indianapolis Museum of Art. Policy on Intellectual Property. 2002. Unpublished.
  • Maine State Museum Commission." 94-073 Maine State Museum Chapter 502: Reproduction of Museum Collections." 28 June 1987, State of Maine: Online Rules of Maine State Government Agencies.
  • Rochester Museum and Science Center. Image Access and Use Policies and Procedure. 2002. Unpublished draft.
  • Royal Ontario Museum. Copyright Policy.
  • Royal Ontario Museum. Trademark Policy.
  • Société des musées québécois, La. Droits d'auteur sur Internet - position de la SMQ. 12 March 2002.
  • Tech Museum of Innovation, The. Policy Statement: Releasing Exhibits Intellectual Property. 1999.

IP Policies from Other Nonprofit Organizations

Information Policies

  • Andress, Mandy. "Effective Security Starts with Policies." InfoWorld. 16 November 2001.
  • Association of Research Libraries. Checklist for Drafting Electronic Information Policies.
  • Coalition for Networked Information. Information Policies: A Compilation of Position Statements, Principles, Statutes, and Other Pertinent Statements.
  • Orna, Elizabeth. Practical Information Policies. UK: Gower Publishing, 1999.
  • Royal Ontario Museum. Information Management and Library Policy. 2001.
  • Shapiro, Michael. Developing Museum Information Policies. Powerpoint presentation give at Museums and the Web conference, New Orleans, 11-14 March 1999.

Privacy Policies

  • Browne, Rachelle V. "Privacy in the Virtual World and the Real Museum Experience," Spectra. 28(3) 2001: 10-17.
  • Canadian Museum of Nature. Privacy Policy. (N.B. This policy addresses privacy issues on the museum's website.)
  • Levine, Melissa Smith and Lauryn Guttenplan Grant. "Copyrights of the Rich and Famous." Museum News. 73(6) November/December 1994: 48-49, 52, 54-55.
  • Power House Museum, Australia. Privacy Plan.
  • Queensland Museum. Privacy Plan.
  • Smithsonian Institution. Privacy: Smithsonian Institution's Privacy Statement . (N.B. This policy addresses privacy issues on the museum's websites.)

Use of Name Policies

IP and Cultural Property Issues

  • Casey, Dawn. "Indigenous Ownership of Digital Material - Is Organized Crime Getting Out of Hand?" From the Proceedings of the Australian Library and Information Association. October 2000.
  • Indigenous Peoples Biodiversity Information Network. Indigenous Peoples and Intellectual Property Rights. 18 September 2001.
  • Mataatua Declaration on Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights of Indigenous Peoples, The. From the First International Conference on the Cultural & Intellectual Property Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Whakatane, 12-18 June 1993, Aotearoa, New Zealand.
  • Seadle, Michael. "Whose Rules?" D-Lib Magazine. 8(3) March 2002.

General IP Guides and Resources for Museums

  • Collard, Christine. Copyright Guide for Museums and Other Cultural Organizations. Canadian Heritage Information Network. 2002.
  • Copyright in Cultural Institutions (CICI). (N.B. An Australian site on copyright and privacy issues in Australian cultural institutions.).
  • McClean, Daniel and Karsten Schubert, eds. Dear Images: Art, Copyright and Culture. Ridinghouse/ICA. 2002.
  • Museums Copyright Group (UK based organization).
  • RARIN - Rights and Reproductions Information Network. Website of the Registrars' Committee of the American Association of Museums.
  • Shapiro, Michael S. and Brett I. Miller. A Museum Guide to Copyright and Trademark. Washington, DC: American Association of Museums, 1999.
  • Stokes, Simon. Art & Copyright. UK: Hart Publishing, 2001.
  • WATCH - Writers, Artists and their Copyright Holders. (N.B. A database containing primarily the names and addresses of copyright holders or contact persons for authors and artists whose archives are housed, in whole or in part, in libraries and archives in North America and the United Kingdom.)
  • Wienand, Peter, Anna Booy, and Robin Fry. A Guide to Copyright for Museums and Galleries. UK: Routledge, 2000.
  • Zorich, Diane. Introduction to Managing Digital Assets. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Trust, 1999. Also online at

Basic Resources on IP Law

International Law

North American Copyright Law

North American Patent Law

North American Trademark Law

Trade Secret Law

Fair Use/Fair Dealing

The U.S. TEACH Act

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