The rights group provides an overview of essential legal concepts and strategies. It synthesizes the ideas, questions, and legal issues that arise in relation to 3D data as well as ethical considerations that may be relevant to thosecreating and preserving such data. Through case studies the rights group describes scenarios based on real-world situations that will help identify legal and policy issues. The group aims to provide a framework for thoughtful decision-making that is consistent with its members’ particular mission.

Active Members

Justin Bonfiglio is a Copyright Specialist at the University of Michigan Library Copyright Office. He provides copyright information and support to the campus community and the general public. He holds a BA from Dartmouth College, a MLIS from the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School. He started work at U-M as part of the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant funded Copyright Review Management System, which was focused on identifying public domain volumes in HathiTrust. Today, Justin’s work includes providing copyright workshops, consultations with faculty, students, and staff, and copyright-related support for U-M Library’s digital collections.

Michael Conyers is the Digital Archivist for The Arc/k Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering communities and individuals to digitally preserve their own endangered cultural heritage objects and locations in 3D and VR around the world; most recently in Venezuela and Syria. He holds a BA in History and an MLIS degree from the University of Washington, is an active member of the Society of American Archivists and currently serves on the steering committee of the Seattle Area Archivists. Michael is a working advocate for progressive ethics which acknowledges and respects the moral rights of indigenous communities to control and preserve their own digitized cultural heritage.

Kyle K. Courtney is the Copyright Advisor at Harvard University, working out of Harvard Library’s Office for Scholarly Communication. He works closely with Harvard University to establish a culture of shared understanding of copyright issues among Harvard staff, faculty, and students. His “Copyright First Responders” initiative is in its sixth year, and has spread beyond Harvard to reach libraries, archives, museums, and cultural institutions in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Oregon, Washington, and Rhode Island. He presently teaches two sections of Legal Research as part of the the first-year legal research and writing program at Harvard Law School. He also has a dual appointment at Northeastern University, teaching Cyberlaw: Privacy Ethics and Digital Rightsand the Legal Writing Workshop.Kyle holds a J.D. with distinction in Intellectual Property Law and a MSLIS. He is a published author and a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of copyright, technology, cultural institutions, and the law.

Andrea d’Andrea took part in the archaeological explorations of many Italian sites (Herculaneum, Pompeii, Paestum) taking care of the digital surveys and the coordination of the computerization of the archaeological documentation and the implementation of the relative GIS. Since 2006 he has been a member of the research groups of the archaeological missions of the University of Naples L’Orientale in Egypt, focusing in particular on topographical surveys and detailed surveys with laser scanning and photogrammetry technique. He has also participated in the archaeological missions in Cyprus, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Jordan, Turkey and Yemen. Since 2010 he is director of the archaeological investigations at Sun Temple of Niuserra at Abou Gurab (Egypt) granted by Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and in the 2012-2015 he has been one of the coordinators of the European Project 3D-ICONS (ICT Policy Support Programme, project no. 297194). More information about Andrea can be found here.

Emily Finch currently serves as Kansas State University’s Scholarly Communications and Copyright Librarian. She is passionate about history, the humanities, and law as it pertains to publishing, intellectual property, and cultural heritage. Emily Finch holds a BA from Kalamazoo College in English and History witha minor in Political Science and concentration in American Studies, and a MSI from the University of Michigan School of Information where she specialized in libraries, archives, and digital curation. She is also in the process of completing the requirements for a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School.

Melissa Levine is the Director of the Copyright Office at the University of Michigan Library where she provides expertise to support research, scholarship, education, and expression. She holds a BA in art history and history from Emory University and received her JD from the University of Miami School of Law. She is a member of the steering committee for the U-M Museum Studies Certificate program, is a lecturer for the U-M School of Information, and has taught for Johns Hopkins University’s masters in museum studies online program. More information about Melissa can be found here.

Nicole Meyer is the corporate archivist for Morphosis Architects, an international architecture and planning firm recognized as an industry leader in BIM and digital design technologies. She holds a BA in Art History from the University of Colorado Boulder. She is currently working towards an MLIS at the University of California Los Angeles, where her research focuses on archiving and preservation concerns for born-digital design records and contemporary architectural practice.

Adam Rountrey is a Research Museum Collection Manager at the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology. He has been involved with acquisition, analysis, visualization, preservation, and dissemination of 3D specimen data at this institution since 2004. During this time, Adam developed the photogrammetry workflows and 3D web viewer for theUniversity of Michigan Online Repository of Fossils, and he currently manages the online repository. He is a co-PI on the IMLS-fundedCommunity Standards for 3D Data Preservationproject and is particularly interested in issues related to rights and ownership of 3D data in museum settings.

Hannah Scates Kettler leads digital scholarship projects from inception to preservation, managing the process of creation as well as providing research, and development support as the Head of Digital Scholarship & Initiatives at Iowa State University. She is active in concerns regarding 3D creation and preservation, diverse representations in cultural heritage collections and digital humanities. Scates Kettler holds a BA from the University of Iowa in Anthropology with minors in Art History and Classics. She also holds a MA from King’s College London in Digital Humanities where she specialized in virtual cultural heritage. She is also on the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA), and a member of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) and the American Library Association (ALA/ACRL).

Andrea Thomer is an Assistant Professor of Information, School of Information and Faculty Associate, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social Research.

Kate Webbink is an Information Systems Specialist in the Technology Department at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. More information about Kate can be found here.

Ann Baird Whiteside is the Librarian/Assistant Dean for Information Services at Harvard University and the PI on Building for Tomorrow.

Yuanxiao Xu is a copyright specialist within the Library Copyright Office at the University of Michigan.