We live in a world that offers seemingly unlimited access to what was previously only available to the select view. Times are changing. In January, Cleveland Museum of Art threw open its doors to Open Access, removing all restrictions from use.
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This is direct from the Cleveland Museum of Art:
“The Cleveland Museum of Art announced on January 23, 2019, that it is an Open Access institution, using the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) designation for high-resolution images and data as related to its collection. At the Cleveland Museum of Art, Open Access means the public now has the ability to share, collaborate, remix, and reuse images of many as 30,000 public- domain artworks from the CMA’s world-renowned collection of art for commercial and non-commercial purposes. In addition, portions of collections information (metadata) for more than 61,000 artworks, both in the public domain and those works with copyright or other restrictions, works are now available. ”
This is from Wikimedia Foundation: “This week, the Cleveland Museum of Art implemented a clear and permissive open access policy, removing all copyright restrictions on photographs of 30,000 items and releasing all metadata related to the 61,000 works in their collection. In short, this means that anyone, in any context, can access, reuse, and remix the collections.
With this decision, the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) now joins a growing community of what we call “GLAM” institutions (galleries, libraries, archives, museums) adopting such policies, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.”