The reproduction fee hustle

Bendor Grosvenor, The Art Newspaper, Dec 01, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is an example of the phenpmenon of 'enclosure', which I have talked about in the past. The copyright on these paintings has long since expired, so they are in the public domian, however, by restricting access and threatening legal action, museums demand licensing fees. "For an academic to use a single image from the Tate in a single, free lecture, the fee is £20. A whole lecture could cost hundreds of pounds." 

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