Exciting news + Call for examples of open licensing and digital transformation
The National Lottery Heritage Fund has updated its licensing requirement for all funded projects as of September 2020. The previous default licence was CC BY-NC. NLHF has now adopted an CC open licence (CC BY) and tool (CC0) as the new default.
In short, all grantees must release original materials as CC BY and all metadata and software code as CC0. Importantly, the policy also sets out that no new rights should arise in the reproduction media produced around public domain works and requires these materials be released as CC0. Grantees must make these materials publicly available for at least five years. NLHF also encourages grantees to seek exceptions for any materials that may raise ethical concerns (privacy, data, cultural sensitivity, etc).
More information on the new policy can be found here: https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/stories/advice-understanding-our-licence-requirement
Call for examples
Mathilde Pavis and I are working with NLHF on the new Open Licensing Guide for grantees and would like to highlight UK projects that release materials via open licences and tools and see benefit from the new opportunities that flow from open access and digital transformation.
If your organisation is doing any of this, we would love to consider how we can highlight your work, the benefits of open licensing, and its outcomes in the NLHF Open Licensing Guide. We are eager to feature a diverse range of examples across the UK.
Please feel free to reply to this topic, send a message through the forum, or reach out directly via email to email@example.com - We are both law lecturers at the University of Exeter researching cultural heritage management, intellectual property, and open access.