[open-humanities] The First Folio

Seth Woodworth seth at sethish.com
Thu Apr 24 15:25:45 UTC 2014

Let me begin by thanking Bodleian for releasing this resource online, and
for creating this wonderful TEI edition.
Thank you doubly for licensing this work under a license compatible with
free cultural works (unlike the current quartos.org).
I will, of course, cite your organization as requested in any projects
where I might use your works.
But, I believe you are mistaken in your licensing on the scans.

In the UK and US there is a doctrine that states that there is no
sweat-of-brow copyright.
Transcribing the work into a new format (.jpg) does not grant a fresh
copyright on the work.
Ownership of copyright is a prerequisite to licensing it to third parties,
under a CC license or otherwise.
Wikipedia has a policy about scans of PD
that may be relevant.

I am unclear if a TEI document is a new creative work, or a faithful
conversion into a new format, implying it isn't copyrightable either.
But I would be very curious to hear people's positions on the matter.

Again, your licensing terms are 100% agreeable to me, and I will respect
your wishes for attribution regardless.

All the best,
Seth Wolfwood

On Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 8:53 AM, James Cummings
<James.Cummings at it.ox.ac.uk>wrote:

> On 24/04/14 09:41, Iain Emsley wrote:
>> Not sure if anyone has noticed but the Bodleian have digitised a
>> copy of the First Folio under CC BY 3.0:
>> http://firstfolio.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/ as part of the Sprint for
>> Shakespeare: http://shakespeare.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/
>> Both texts and images are available.
> To be accurate we've only released the image of the first folio and a
> single play so far (Henry V). The rest will be released little by little
> along with improvements to the website. (If you have suggestions I'm sure
> shakespeare at bodleian.ox.ac.uk will be glad to hear of them.)
> But yes, all the hi-res images and TEI XML is released under a CC+by
> license.
> Best,
> -James
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject:     DH at Ox. First Folio, Phase II goes live today
> Date:     Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:03:31 +0000
> From:     Christine Madsen <christine.madsen at bodleian.ox.ac.uk>
> To:     digitalhumanities at maillist.ox.ac.uk
> <digitalhumanities at maillist.ox.ac.uk>
> Dear colleagues,
> Bodleian Digital Library Systems and Services is delighted to
> announce a new phase of the Bodleian First Folio project
> (http://shakespeare.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/2014/04/23/for-harry-england-and/),
> publishing digital texts of Shakespeare's plays. We start with
> /Henry V/, which is released
> today (http://firstfolio.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/text/).
> Drawing on the research of Emma Smith (Hertford College), and in
> collaboration with the University of Oxford e-Research Centre,
> and IT Services, the digital facsimile
> (http://firstfolio.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/) is being enriched by the
> serial publication of digital texts of each play. The
> XML-encoded plays will allow readers to search, for example
> across plays and within a character's speeches, as well as
> broadening accessibility to diverse audiences including computer
> analysis.
> As with the facsimile images of the First Folio, the XML text
> is available for download under a Creative Commons
> Attribution licence, (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)
> meaning it can be reused and adapted by anyone for any purpose.
> This first phase of the project drew on the expertise of
> colleagues across the Libraries and the University
> (http://shakespeare.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/2012/07/10/the-team/). This
> second, textual phase, with a redeveloped website, was brought
> about by Monica Messaggi-Kaya (BDLSS) and John Pybus (Oxford
> e-Research Centre), with TEI XML consultation from James Cummings
> (IT Services). The First Folio project was conceived and led by
> Pip Willcox (BDLSS).
> Public support
> (http://shakespeare.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/the-project/supporters/)
> enabled us to conserve, digitize and publish the digital
> facsimile online in 2013. This second phase of the project was
> generously supported by a lead donation from Dr Geoffrey
> Eibl-Kaye, the Dallas Shakespeare Club, James Barber, and another
> private individual. We are very grateful to them all.
> We hope you enjoy the website!
> Christine Madsen
> Head of Digital Programmes
> Bodleian Digital Library Systems and Services
> T. 01865 280049
> E. christine.madsen at bodleian.ox.ac.uk
> <mailto:christine.madsen at bodleian.ox.ac.uk>
> Christine Madsen
> Head of Digital Programmes
> Bodleian Digital Library Systems and Services
> T. 01865 280049
> E. christine.madsen at bodleian.ox.ac.uk
> <mailto:christine.madsen at bodleian.ox.ac.uk>
> --
> Dr James Cummings, James.Cummings at it.ox.ac.uk
> Academic IT Services, University of Oxford
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