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The on-line publication of data and the digital products of cultural heritage, make the Internet a much more powerful tool for the diffusion of culture than are traditional media. This becomes particularly relevant when considering security of heritage; safeguarding, preventative conservation and security of contents.
In order to protect rights on-line, it is important to take some elementary precautionary measures, such as, publishing a copyright notice that explicitly states the rights of the materials and their authors/conservers. The statement should also specify in what ways the materials may be used and what uses are prohibited. For example, publication of images may be limited to low resolution reproductions on-line.
Copyright may be further protected using technological devices such as electronic watermarking, fingerprinting, codification of images with distribution of the relative keys only to registered users. Before such measures are adopted, keepers of the materials should give their approval.
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