and Museum Advisory Committee
We have formed an advisory committee with the library, archive and museum committee to assist us with our development, including products and pricing, but also policy and usability choices in the system. From our first grant in 2007, we have worked side by side with libraries in developing a tool to meet the needs of both librarians and archivists, but also patrons, faculty, donors, and owners of materials.
Sharable Data: We would like to create a pool of data about works already searched that would be free to the public. Data would have to be double checked and run through the Durationator for confirmation. But this would allow the status of works to be available. We could also link back to the original source at the library.
Creation of a Rights Database: This connects to sharable data. Works in the public domain and under copyright could be identified, and a searchable database could be created. As people access the database, other countries could be added to the information.
Scalable and Reasonable Pricing: This is important to our mission -- that every library or museum, of any size, has access to the system.
Support: We are more than software or tools. We are a service, and a resource. We need to better understand the needs of the library, archive and museum community with regard to support, so that we can train and provide that value.
Labeling: We have created a Durationator labeling system, but we also have and can code other label system (e.g. HathiTrust, DPLA, Library of Congress, etc.)
APIs: This is the biggest area of exploration.
Community Forums: Do we need or want community forums?
Community Projects: We started as a research project, and we would like to continue, with an annual community project that facilitates making the past usable.
Research Grants and Fellowships: A good percentage of our sales will go back into research grants and fellowships -- for librarians, archivists, scholars, and others, working on issues and problems that we would all benefit from. Summer stipends would require a final paper, which would be coded or made part of the Durationator Research system.
Specialized Tools for Libraries, Archives and Museums
- Library Exemptions
- Foreign Works
- Art work
- Project Tools
- Classroom resource tools
- Fair Use Tool
- Overview Memos
- Copyright Registration and Renewal Records
Are you open source?
No. We are a proprietary system, created on the Logicnets platform. We have worked with them for over 5 years to develop a system that is robust enough and flexible enough to handle the law and different output forms. But this doesn't mean that it is "bad." It means that we have control over the quality of the laws and results. We also see opportunities for open source data results and some of the non-Logicnets tools being available for free to the public.
Is your company a non-profit?
No. We are a closely held LL.M. company with a social mission to make copyright accessible and affordable to everyone. We have no investors. (Tulane gave us $200,000 in support over the years). We hold true to our beliefs and neutrality.
Why don't you offer your product for free?
Each search costs us money. We also need to support the students and our staff that work on our improving our products and provide customer support. We also want to be able to keep expanding the Durationator through grants and fellowships to our Durationator community.
How can I sign up for a subscription? You can email us at or you can fill out this form!
What is a subscription? A subscription allows libraries unlimited searches, either by gathering data and then submitting the results for our Team Durationator staff to run (limit 1 submission at a time at the moment), or direct access to the system. To obtain direct access, we begin with data searches that we run, and then we transition you to direct searches. Subscriptions can include reports, spreadsheets, and/or profiles. They can also include access to the U.S. Copyright Registration and Renewal Records.