(6 October 2015) Over the past fifteen months, representatives from the Europeana and DPLA networks, in partnership with Creative Commons, have been developing a collaborative approach to internationally interoperable rights statements that can be used to communicate the copyright status of cultural objects published via the DPLA and Europeana platforms.
The purpose of these rights statements is to provide end users of these platforms with easy to understand information on what they can and cannot do with digital items that they encounter via these platforms. Having standardized interoperable rights statements will also make it easier for application developers and other third parties to automatically identify items that can be re-used.
In May of this year two draft white papers were released on the recommendations for standardized international rights statements, one on the rights statements and one on the technical framework to support the statements. Both white papers received a tremendous amount of community response.
After much community feedback the final versions of both white papers have been released. They contain recommendations for establishing a group of rights statements, and the enabling technical infrastructure.
DPLA has the story in full including links to the white papers and recommended statements.