These chapters address the set of legal constraints that govern and shape work with data (especially data being curated in repositories). These include: intellectual property law, anonymization of data (IRB, FERPA, HIPAA), non-consumptive uses of data to achieve legal compliance, licensing, and digital rights management technology. The chapter should address questions such as: How does the legal status of humanities data change over its curation lifetime? What legally significant information needs to be gathered as part of the data curation process, and what are the sources of this information? How are the interests of the different participants in the data curation process (data creators, data curators, academic institutions, current and future consumers of data) aligned or opposed at various points in the data curation process?
When planning a project, it is important to consider legal policies and standards like copyright, agreements, and privacy. This chapter includes a checklist of questions to help project managers plan and recognize some of the matters to address when writing a project policy.