A copyright holder is the person who holds the legal rights to the copyrighted work. This person can make decisions and exert control over how the work is used, reproduced and circulated by other people. In most jurisdictions copyright is automatic and the copyright holder is most often the person who physically made the photo, sound recording, film; wrote down the stories, language or oral histories; who physically performed a work; or collected material and created a digital database.
In some circumstances the copyright holder can also be the organization that funded the research that resulted in the production of the films or photographs or other copyright material. Sometimes legal ownership can be very difficult to determine, especially with older material. We understand these difficulties and would like to help you determine your rights and the rights of other parties. Local Contexts is working to establishing a network of legal support that can help you work out the rights vested in the material as well as determining who exactly the copyright holder is.