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Metropolitan Museum adds 375,000 scans of artwork to public domain

Metropolitan Museum adds 375,000 scans of artwork to public domain

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“[Advertisement for Sarony's Photographic Studies]” by Napoleon Sarony (American (born Canada), Quebec 1821–1896 New York) via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is licensed under CC0 1.0

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has added 375,000 images to the public domain, each showing a scan of copyright-free artwork in the museum's collection. Every image has a Creative Commons 'CC0' license, meaning they can be used for both personal and commercial purposes, and can be edited or used as parts of other projects.

This photo release follows the Museum’s Open Access of Scholarly Content initiative launched back in 2014, which made 400,000 photos available for non-commercial use. This latest photo release represents a slight change in the Museum's policy: that all of its photos of public domain works are now accompanied by a CC0 public domain license.

Talking about this move, Creative Commons CEO Ryan Merkley said:

Today, The Met has given the world a profound gift in service of its mission: the largest encyclopedic art museum in North America has eliminated the barriers that would otherwise prohibit access to its content, and invited the world to use, remix, and share their public-domain collections widely and without restriction. This is an enormous gift to the world, and it is an act of significant leadership on the part of the institution.

The newly released public domain photos can be located using the search tool on the Creative Commons website.

Via: Metropolitan Museum of Art