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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Removing restrictions on public-domain photographs

Public Resource is a new US-based non-profit "dedicated to the creation of public works projects on the Internet." 

In its first act, it sent a memo (dated today) to the Smithsonian Institution protesting its restrictions on a collection of public-domain images, reminding it of the law, and informing it that Public Resource had downloaded all 6,288 images and uploaded them to Flickr.  (Thanks to Klaus Graf.) 

The news coverage has just begun.

Update. Also see Peter Hirtle's reflections on policy (which favors removing restrictions on public-domain art) and law (which might still protect what the Smithsonian had been doing).