Museum copyright: History for sale


Saman Javed

Museum copyright: History for sale

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The issue of copyright of paintings, statues and artifacts is controversial, but WIPR’s Saman Javed finds museums in no mood to give up a valuable source of revenue.

It has become common practice for museums across the world to recreate online what visitors may expect to see in their exhibitions, through digital collections.

This may have generated income for the museums, which have adopted licensing business models and learned to monetise their artifacts, but it has also thrown up a host of copyright issues.

As many museums start introducing digital collections, they face the question of whether a photograph of a painting can qualify for copyright protection.

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