No such thing as free art?

Today (7 February), the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York announced that over 375,000 images of works of art from its collection are now available online for unrestricted commercial and non-commercial use in a new initiative, Open Access. Increasing public access to the collection “has been a key priority for the museum over the past decade”, Thomas Campbell, the museum’s director and chief executive, said at a press conference today. While the museum’s collection includes two million works spanning 5,000 years, the majority of the works could not be included in Open Access, due to issues such as copyright or donor restrictions.

A bold, and sensible move from the Met, I think. 

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