I'd like to echo what Amalyah said so succinctly. Mia has had a terrific
professional relationship with Bridgeman Images in place for ~5 years now.
They represent a selection of our museum's images and primarily assist us
with requests for commercial uses of such. We regularly provide updated
photography to Bridgeman to ensure that our collection is represented via
We also provide hi-res images directly (and freely) for educational,
scholarly, research, non-commercial uses, including to the museum community
for exhibition catalogues and support, monographs, catalogues raisonné,
etc. People are free to download images directly from our Collection
website and many of our works in the public domain have been shared openly
elsewhere on the web (Wikimedia Commons for ex.).
As Amalyah mentions, image licensing can coexist with open access policies,
and the revenue source is indeed helpful.
Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:36:18 +0300
From: Amalyah Keshet <amalyah.kes...@gmail.com>
To: Museum Computer Network Listserv <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: [MCN-L] Bridgeman Images question
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I've worked very successfully with Bridgeman for years. They are
professional, friendly, and scrupulously copyright-conscious.
I suggest you contact them, explain the situation, get their side of the
story, and yes definitely offer to provide better subsitute images. This
will most likely lead to their offering to set up a contractual arrangement
to represent your museum's images, sharing revenue, and I can definitely
recommend doing so. It's a very comfortable additional revenue source. You
can take it and develop the relationship from there.
n.b. Image files -- the tools that are in demand for high-quality printing
-- can be provided, licensed, sold precisely as such: as high quality
digital files. This is separate from the underlying work of art that
appears in the file; that work of art can be protected by copyright or it
can be in the publilc domain. Logically, the value or price of the
tool/file is separate from that of the artist's copyright clearance, which
may or not apply. Bridgeman takes care of clearing artists' copyrights if
that part of the equation applies. They also represent a large number of
*Amalyah Keshet *
*Image Resources and Copyright Management, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Heidi S. Raatz, MLIS
Visual Resources Librarian | Permissions Officer
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
612.870.3196 | hra...@artsmia.org | www.artsmia.org | VisRes Request Form
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