The Met has released more than 375,000 images that you can use for free
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The Met has released more than 375,000 images that you can use for free

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has made its entire collection of art in the public domain — more than 375,000 images — available to the public under Creative Commons Zero . The designation means that the general public can use the images in any way they see fit. The museum uploaded high-resolution scans of its collection of art that falls under the Public Domain, and has invited the public to download it. The museum has an additional 65,000 images that have been digitized, but which aren’t in the public domain, according to The New York Times . While the works themselves are in the Public Domain, the high-resolution images are distinct works in and of themselves, Tallon said, and while the original art can be used for any purpose, it’s the high-resolution images that the museum has taken that is being made available. “By going Open Access, The Met is relinquishing any claim of copyright it may have to those images.” He explained. “We chose the CC0 license so that it would be clear that the Museum is not claiming copyright to the images. We wanted to be as unambiguous as possible about the fact that users can now […]

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