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Droits des images: la National Gallery se joint au mouvement

image Pour compléter le billet précédent, on notera avec intérêt que la National Gallery of Art (Washington) compte rejoindre dès cette année le mouvement engagé par le MET et le V&A, visant à exonérer les chercheurs et les enseignants des droits de reproduction des images. Si le musée hésite encore sur les modalités pratiques, il envisagerait, d'après Elizabeth Cropper, de faire porter cette mesure sur l'ensemble de ses collections. Le ralliement de la principale institution nationale américaine va peser lourd dans la balance et donne des assurances solides sur l'irréversibilité du mouvement pour les musées de l'aire anglophone. Comment vont se positionner les institutions françaises par rapport à cette nouvelle donne? Les responsables concernés ont gardé jusqu'à présent un silence prudent sur la question. Il y a fort à parier qu'ils ne pourront plus maintenir très longtemps cette réserve.

Metropolitan Museum and ARTstor Announce Pioneering Initiative to Provide Digital Images to Scholars at No Charge

image Press release, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Communications Department.

In a new initiative designed to assist scholars with teaching, study, and the publication of academic works, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will distribute, free of charge, high-resolution digital images from an expanding array of works in its renowned collection for use in academic publications. This new service, which is effective immediately, is available through ARTstor, a non-profit organization that makes art images available for educational use.

"The Metropolitan Museum of Art has long sought to address the significant challenges that scholars confront in seeking to secure and license images of objects from the Museum's collections," stated Metropolitan Museum Director Philippe de Montebello in making the announcement. "We hope, through this collaboration, to play a pioneering role in addressing one of the profound challenges facing scholars in art history, and scholarly publishing, today."

ARTstor's Executive Director, James Shulman, added: "By taking such a bold step in supporting publications based on art-historical research, the Metropolitan is providing enormous leadership to the entire sector. Scholars - in higher education and in museums - have been struggling with the question of how digitization might help to enable, rather than hinder, scholarly communications. For all involved, it is obvious that, when faced with an important directional challenge, the Metropolitan is providing decisive leadership."

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