[INDOLOGY] NGMCP images and copyright law
andrew.ollett at gmail.com
Wed Apr 13 02:40:07 UTC 2022
I neither work at the Rijksmuseum nor live in the Netherlands, so the
others who have contributed to this thread might have access to "inside
information" that I don't have, but in my understanding, the Rijksmuseum
was a pioneer of the "CC-0" license, which allows commercial use (and
indeed any type of use whatsoever, completely for free), as explained in
their open data policy
Rijksmuseum has high-quality photographic documentation for a lot of
objects in its collection, but not all of these images are released under
CC-0 licenses. Photographs of works in the public domain
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_domain> (like this Mañjuśrī
<https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/collection/AK-MAK-240>) are available for
free download under a CC-0 license, but photographs of works that are still
under copyright (basically: anything produced within the last couple of
decades) are not.
The point is moot for manuscripts, which (as far as I understand) are all
in the public domain <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_domain>, but as
others have alluded to, repositories and collections may try to get
acquiring photographs. Enforcement of those terms is another issue.
On Tue, Apr 12, 2022 at 9:22 PM Dominik Wujastyk via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
> Dear Anna,
> On Tue, 12 Apr 2022 at 05:40, Anna Slaczka via INDOLOGY <
> indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
>> [...] It is only not allowed to earn on the photographs, for instance by
>> producing Rijksmuseum ‘souvenirs’ on a large scale and selling them.
>> Downloading for research purposes, using in (scholarly) publications and
>> small-scale reproduction for yourself (like printing it on a mug or a
>> T-shirt) is allowed.
> How is this "not allowed" achieved? Does the Rijksmuseum itself take the
> photos and only hand them over if the scholar signs a contract with the
> above terms?
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