We’re proud to announce that we’ve implemented a set of new rights statements from the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and Europeana-led project rightsstatements.org to our site, expanding the options for how cultural heritage institutions using Historypin can attribute the content they share. Cultural heritage is vastly expanding online, and these rights statements are helping to standardize the language around how these digital assets can be reused.
The statements fall into three categories: Statements for works that are in copyright, statements for works that are not in copyright and statements for works where the copyright status is unclear. These have been specifically designed to be used by cultural heritage institutions and cultural heritage aggregation platforms to indicate the copyright status of digital objects that they share online. For a breakdown of the new statements, and more about how you can use them, see this page.
It is important to note that these new rights statements are different from licenses, and are not intended to be used by individuals to license their own creations, or by cultural heritage institutions who are the sole copyright holders of the works they share. If for example you are pinning a photograph to Historypin that you took, or audio/video you recorded, please consider using one of the Creative Commons licenses, which are also available from the dropdown shown above. When choosing from this list during the pinning process, some helpful copy will explain what each selection means.
For more information about copyright and how people can use your licensed content on Historypin, see our FAQs.