Who holds copyright in 3D copies of repatriated cultural heritage?

Author: Pinar Oruc (University of Manchester)
Published: 05.01.2023
Photo by awsloley via Pixabay It is a common practice to make copies of deteriorating or far away cultural heritage. As of 2022, it is not even a new idea to use digital methods to copy heritage, considering that the mass digitisation of cultural heritage, especially books, started more than two decades ago. But we should also recognise the current extra push towards digitising tangible heritage. A recent European Commission recommendation mentions using 3D technology in the highest level of detail, and sets targets for digitisation by 2030, with the goal of digitising 100% of cultural heritage that is at…