Thanks, Erik -
We're kind of in-between right now. We're mostly operating with open access
mindset internally, but we don't yet have official language/policies behind it.
(We're working on that part . . . )
Providing Bridgeman with better images might be the best/easiest solution.
Thanks for your feedback!
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Not a lawyer, of course, but many museum have a "no commercial photography"'
notice in their literature, entrance info displays etc.
Perhaps that would give you grounds for a takedown notice. Just a thought.
But if PAM has a fully open access policy, would you consider just providing
Bridgeman with quality replacement images of those works? It would be a far
On Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 4:35 PM, Maggie Hanson <maggie.han...@pam.org>
> Hi, all -
> This question recently came up in our registrars dept. and I thought
> I'd kick it out to MCN to see if anyone else has encountered this
> issue and might have guidance. We'd be most grateful for any insight.
> Our rights specialist sent the following question to a registrars'
> list-serv and hasn't gotten much of a response:
> "It has recently come to my attention that Bridgeman Images has been
> selling images from our museum's collection (about 17 of them). We do
> not have an agreement with them, and the images are poor quality. I
> contacted our counsel, and he seemed to state that because everything
> they have is in the public domain, we have no legal ground to stand
> on. That said, I think it would be reasonable to contact them and ask
> them to take the images down, especially since the images are of such
> poor quality. Has anyone else had this experience?"
> It might be a non-starter since the underlying works in the images are
> public domain, but we thought it was worth asking colleagues. Any
> precedent would be useful. To be clear: this is not about us asserting
> rights, just about wanting to disseminate better images of the works
> in our collection (esp. when we'd provide better images for free!).
> Thanks, all! See you in Pittsburgh!
> Maggie Hanson
> Head of Library and Collections Information Portland Art Museum
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