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Copyright Law Must Enable Museums to Fulfill Their Mission 

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"London Museum," by Victoria Heath (CC BY);

Outdated and misaligned copyright rules fail to accommodate the legitimate activities of museums as they work to disseminate the world's shared heritage online through digital images, metadata, etc. Thus, central to CC’s copyright policy agenda is making sure museums’ concerns and needs are treated on equal footing with those of copyright owners, in a balanced and fair manner. In this blog post, we focus on the importance of copyright limitations and exceptions (L&Es) as the pillars on which museums can rest to fulfill their mission free of any undue legal encumbrances.

Using CC Licenses and Tools to Share and Preserve Cultural Heritage in the Face of Climate Change 

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"Sultan Ahmed Mosque," by Konevi (CC0);

Cultural institutions are entrusted with a vast amount of humanity's memory—digitizing that memory and using the right legal tools can and should be done.

From Historic Images to Galactic Datasets: A Look at NASA's Mission to Be Open

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Astronaut Edwin Aldrin walks on lunar surface near leg of Lunar Module by Neil Armstrong/NASA (Public Domain);

The space agency is not only required under the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976 to give you access to many of its materials but it also really wants you to use them. Here's why that matters for space science and space exploration more generally.