COVER - PGAV Digitising Collections Fact Sheet


PGAV FACT SHEET - Digitising Collections - Copyright Essentials


PGAV FACT SHEET - Digitising Collections - Copyright Essentials

Wednesday June 29th, 2022

Public galleries are increasingly digitising their collections and making them available online to the community for viewing and research, including on third party websites like Victorian Collections ( or Trove (

When doing so, they must deal fairly and respectfully with the rights of artists. Some of the key issues to take into account are detailed in this fact sheet.

This Fact Sheet has been developed by the Arts Law Centre of Australia.

This Fact Sheet is supported by The Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

The Arts Law Centre of Australia (Arts Law) is Australia’s only national community legal centre for the arts. Arts Law provides free and low-cost legal services to strengthen the capabilities and capacity of artists and arts and cultural organisations nationwide. Our services enable artists to deal with issues that can be major barriers to their artistic and financial success.  

Arts Law exists to strengthen arts and culture to make a better world. Our vision is to empower artists and creative communities through the law.

Visit the Arts Law website here.

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COVER - PGAV Digitising Collections Fact Sheet

The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

We are an LGBTQIA+ friendly organisation and celebrate cultural diversity.