Challenges at the Europeana Space Project: Dance and the intersections between copyright and intangible cultural heritage

Digital technologies enable us to visualize dance in new ways and to capture recordings of dance which may be preserved and handed down to future generations. In this way, dance starts to become part of our intangible cultural heritage. But capturing dance also raises questions of authorship and ownership of copyright in both the dance and the recording of the dance. Challenges arising at the intersections between the legal frameworks of intangible cultural heritage and copyright have surfaced in an EU-funded project, Europeana Space. This contribution describes the E-Space project and the place of dance within it, and it introduces work being done at the Centre for Dance Research at Coventry University on dance and examines the intersections between copyright law and the international legal frameworks applicable to safeguarding intangible
cultural heritage.


This article is part of the book ‘SOIMA: Unlocking Sound and Image Heritage