[NetBehaviour] UK's National Portrait Gallery Threatens To Sue Wikipedia User.

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Mon Jul 13 01:44:28 CEST 2009


UK's National Portrait Gallery Threatens To Sue Wikipedia User.

The National Portrait Gallery of London is threatening litigation
against a Wikipedia user over his uploading of pictures of some 3,000
paintings, all 19th century or earlier and firmly in the public domain.
Their claim? The photos are a 'product of a painstaking exercise on the
part of the photographer,' and that downloading them off the NPG site is
an 'unlawful circumvention of technical measures.' And remember, the
NPG's taxpayer-funded mission is to 'promote the appreciation and
understanding of portraiture in all media [...] to as wide a range of
visitors as possible!'"

more...
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Dcoetzee/NPG_legal_threat



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