Category:7. Rights

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Archival materials may be subject to rights such as copyright, portrait rights and GDPR. But what types of rights are there? And what do you need consider?


Knowledge about the rights that cover (parts of) your archive or collections is important if you want to reproduce, (re)use or provide access to them. As (co-)author or creator of a document or object, you also have copyrights. If you want to reuse or make another author’s work available, you need to respect their copyrights. It’s also important to make clear agreements with third parties when creating new works. Carefully noting down who the rightsholders are at the moment of creation, and what rights cover items in your archive and collections, simplifies reuse at a later date.

In this section, you can read what rights could come into play and how you clarify them when you want to reuse content which you aren’t the (only) rightsholder for. You will also become acquainted with the possibilities of Creative Commons licences and the impact of privacy laws (GDPR) on your archive and collection operations.

In the autumn of 2020, TRACKS partners organised a webinar and Q&A on copyright. You can watch the (fully subtitled) webinar below. It answers questions such as:

  • What types of rights are there? (04:20 - 18:21)
  • What can and cannot be done with archival materials according to copyright? (18:22 - 22:21)
  • What agreements need to be made regarding rights at the time of creating a new work? (22:30 - 26:14)
  • What should be documented when recording rights? (26:15 - 30:02)



On 24 January 2023, Cultuurloket organised the webinar: ‘Protecting your work’. You can watch the full webinar below (in Dutch). It answers questions such as:

  • What are copyright and related rights: the basics? (3:10 - 24:45)
  • When can I use someone else’s work? (24:45 - 46:41)
  • How do you correctly transfer your rights? (0:46:41 - 1:12:00)
  • How can you earn from your copyright? (1:12:00 - 1:36:00)
  • What about copyright in the online environment? (1:36:00 - 1:48:00)