[INDOLOGY] NGMCP images and copyright law

Andrew Ollett andrew.ollett at gmail.com
Wed Apr 13 02:48:37 UTC 2022

(I now realize that the discussion was about "hi-definition" photographs
from the Rijksmuseum; I guess these would be made available to individuals
on specific terms that the individual would have to assent to, as Dominik
suggests. Still, it would be nice if more institutions followed the
Rijksmuseum's enlightened example in making everything in the public domain
available to the public under non-restrictive licenses.)

On Tue, Apr 12, 2022 at 9:40 PM Andrew Ollett <andrew.ollett at gmail.com>

> 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
> <https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/research/conduct-research/data/policy>.
> The 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
> scholars to agree to (verbal or written) terms of use before making or
> 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?
>> Best,
>> Dominik
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