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Sunday, January 11, 2004

Digital image rights obstruct OA to historical research

Rita Gudermann, Wem gehört die Mona Lisa? Die Zeit, January 8, 2004. On the conflict between the digital rights to images of classical artworks, even public-domain artworks, and historical scholarship that would like to reprint such images. Historian and OA advocate Klaus Graf argues that commercializing artworks in this way violates a museum's commitment to share knowledge and culture, especially when the artworks were purchased with the help of taxpayer funds. Also see Graf's entry on the Gudermann story in his blog, Archivalia.