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Copyright and Creative Commons
De kunstgalerij van Jan Gildemeester Jansz in zijn huis aan de Herengracht te Amsterdam, Adriaan de Lelie, 1794 - 1795, courtesy of the Rijksmuseum
One of the places I visited in London was Tate Modern. I took photo's there and would like to blog about things I saw, what I've learned there, what inspired me. But... I've recently had a chat with Marit about publishing photo's of other people's artwork. I thought I was doing okay since I used photo's of those artworks taken by me, on a non-commercial blog, mentioning the artist and the location I saw it at whenever possible. To me, making money out of other peoples artwork (even in an indirect way by posting it on a sponsored blog) without permission, or pretending the work is yours, is immoral. But from what Marit told me, I guess that my morals on the matter aren't as white as I thought they were but somewhat grey. Unless it's explicitly allowed, I might just be more careful about this in the future and only post photos that show a work in the context of it's surroundings or that show interaction with the work, taking a Thinkie-spin on it in whatever way. But is that enough? Marit dove into the subject of copyright from a different perspective, not of that of a photographing museum visitor but from that of an art journaller using pictures from magazines and such on her pages and then publishing her work. If you want to know more about this topic, you can read it in the first issue of her magazine Featuring.
I also spoke about it with Roeland who taught me that creative ownership ends after 70 years. But then, how about the creative ownership of the person who took the photo of the object (if I didn't take it myself)? It's interesting to think about where the boundaries between personal ownership and the public domain are exactly, when works can be seen by all in a public museum, especially one like Tate that is open to visitors free of charge. And what about sculptures outside? This has not only occured to me, but to many people working in the museumworld, where this has been a hot topic in 2012. Sharing information has become a big thing in recent years, with the internet ruling the world, collections being digitized, and everyone carrying around a digital camera in their phone.
There are several aspects to be considered here, several ways to look at it. Such as:
Prohibiting people from taking photo's in a museum and denying them the use of the photo's on museum websites might make visitors spend more on postcards and catalogues, and making people pay for the use of high def photo's also generates income (that can then go towards funding the digitisation of your collection.)
More and more pictures of museum collections are shown online. This raises the question why people would still visit a museum if images of and information on the objects your museum owns are on the web?
On the other hand, making images and information freely available and accessable generates traffic to your museum's website, gets your museum out there and might generate more irl visitors to your museum, the ones that want to see not just a photograph but an object itself. Recently, the Rijksmuseum announced that they are making photographs of many of their objects available online to use as it pleases us. I already made use of that, like in my post on Lucas van Leyden and the Renaissance last September. Other museums and institutions, like Europeanea are doing the same, although not neccesarily to the same extend: they might allow thumbnails and a caption to use on your blog, or photo's in lower definition, or metadata. It might take some effort to find out who's allowing what but as a blogger, artlover and museumnerd I'm finding this very useful and exciting!
De Volkskrant on the announcement of the Rijksmuseum (in Dutch)
Nick Poole of the UK collections trust on digital strategy
Some related pages I came across:
digitisation in Europe, Nick Poole
Seb Chan of Cooper-Hewitt explains why they released the metadata on their collection
on the National Portrait Gallery opening up their image database
Alex of Neatorama on the announcement of Europeana
Geplaatst op 30-12-2012.
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