Developing & Implementing Rights Management

Posted on April 18, 2016

NYPL_logo1_black_posRights Metadata Management at the NYPL

As cultural heritage institutions build larger repositories of increasingly complex objects, copyright concerns have taken center stage in the management of digital assets. To address the management of copyright information, the New York Public Library has developed a rights metadata management system. This session will cover the information stored in the rights system, as well as how that information has been made programmatically actionable. This session will also highlight how tracking the copyright status of objects enabled NYPL to release 190,000 high resolution images of public domain materials.


Greg CramGreg Cram

Greg Cram is the Associate Director of Copyright and Information Policy at The New York Public Library. Greg endeavors to make the Library’s collections broadly available to researchers and the public. He is responsible for developing and implementing policies and practices around the use of the Library’s collections, both online and in the Library’s physical spaces. Greg has helped steer projects through a maze of complex intellectual property issues, including the release of more than 180,000 high-resolution images of public domain collection items. Greg has represented the Library in advocating for better copyright policy and has testified before Congress and the United States Copyright Office.

Greg is also an adjunct professor in the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program at New York University and at the Palmer School of Library and Information Science.

Before joining the Library in 2011, Greg served as the copyright clearance consultant to Leadership Team Development, a business support company that organizes thousands of meetings, seminars and conferences. He also worked as a licensing associate at Sanctuary Records, a large independent record label. He is a graduate of Boston University and The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He is a licensed attorney in New York and Massachusetts.