The legal and rights aspects of news collections are very complicated. They can especially make it daunting to provide access. Some of these aspects include:

  • Copyright
  • Contracts
  • Trademarks
  • Tort, such as defamation, privacy, and right to publicity

As part of the Boston TV News Digital Library, we developed a flowchart to help archivists navigate the the legal considerations listed above, which are associated with digitizing and providing online access to historical news collections.