The Art Newspaper | IVAN MACQUISTEN

UK museums do not hold the copyright to license new photographs of historic works of art in their collections, leading legal experts say. Their comments lend weight to a campaign against image reproduction fees led by the art historian and columnist for The Art Newspaper, Bendor Grosvenor.

In a letter to the Times earlier this month, a group of 28 notable academics and art-world figures urged UK national museums to stop charging for images of works that have passed out of copyright (were created by deceased artists more than 70 years ago).The group argues that the fees “pose a serious threat to art history” and that UK institutions should adopt the open-access policies pioneered by “a growing number of international museums”…read more 

Image | The Mauritshuis in The Hague, home to Vermeer’s Girl With a Pearl Earring (1665), has released thousands of free digital images