University of California, Berkeley

To develop solutions to copyright law obstacles facing public digital library initiatives and coordinate them with the Digital Public Library of America effort

  • Amount $836,849
  • City Berkeley, CA
  • Investigator Pamela Samuelson
  • Year 2011
  • Program Technology
  • Sub-program Universal Access to Knowledge

Funds from this grant support a project by Professor Pamela Samuelson of the University of California, Berkeley Law School to develop practical solutions to the obstacles copyright law places in the way of the implementation of digital library initiatives. Samuelson and her research team will address several thorny issues, including orphan works, private ordering, collective licensing, digital lending, and metadata ownership, in an effort to develop fair and practical procedures for the successful implementation of library initiatives that seek to realize the full potential of digital libraries. Over two years, funds from this grant will support several white papers, workshops and conferences, and the crafting of model legislation. The work of Samuelson's team will also help inform the continued development of the Foundation-supported Digital Public Library of America.

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