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From: Graham Cobb <openrig...@cobb.uk.net>
Date: 2009/7/22
Subject: [ORG-discuss] Gallery photos petition now approved
To: Open Rights Group open discussion list

My petition to the PM about galleries and museums making photos available
under CC has been approved.  Feel free to sign up and/or to let other people

    Your petition has been approved by the Number 10 web team, and
    is now available on the Number 10 website at the following


    Your petition reads:

    We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to require all
    museums and art galleries receiving public funds to release all
    photographs they commision of their objects into the public
    domain or under a Creative Commons licence.

    The National Portrait Gallery has recently taken legal action
    against the Wikimedia Foundation for hosting photographs of
    their paintings even though the paintings are no longer under

    It is unreasonable that any publicly owned or funded museum
    should restrict the public from having access to photographs of
    their objects.  These bodies receive public funding to promote
    public understanding of and familiarity with art and history,
    not to restrict it.

    Any museum or gallery which takes public funds should be
    required to release to the public all photographs it
    commissions of all objects in its collection, whether still
    under copyright or not.  This would include photos taken for
    curatorial reasons, publicity, web sites, as well as those
    taken for creating souvenirs, postcards, calendars, etc.  The
    original photographs should be made available at full

    The photographs should either be released into the public
    domain or under a Creative Commons licence allowing public use
    of the material.

    Thanks for submitting your petition.

    -- the ePetitions team

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