It’s time to protect the public domain!

Jan Gerlach, Dimitar Dimitrov, Wikimedia, Jul 03, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

You go to a museum - there are no photos allowed "because of copyright" even though most of the images are hundreds of years old. What's going on? It is a literal enclosure of public domain content, protected and monetized through the museum gift show. And protected with some very dubious legislation. "In Germany, for instance, the Reiss-Engelhorn museums have sued the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia Deutschland over the use of images of cultural artefacts and paintings. Recently, the court has decided that even a photographer’s own images of these works will infringe on the museums’ property."

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