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Yale Art Gallery Open Access and Orphan Works

The Yale University Art Gallery opened it collection to the public  and allows images to be downloaded without permission as long as the individual items are in the public domain.  It is not possible to limit the search parameters specifically to images in the public domain.  One must search for the desired image(s), and use the meta-data to determine whether or not the image is in the public domain.  Only images that are in the public domain will give the user the opportunity to download the image.  The Gallery also makes available orphan works for download.  Among the orphan works in the museum’s collection available for download is Edward Hopper’s Western Motel.


Open Content at the Getty

The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles has adopted an Open Content Program . The Getty provides free availability to all of the digital images in the collection for which the Getty either holds the right or for those that exist in the public domain.  The Getty does not restrict the the use of the images and does not require that permission be requested.  A more detailed outline of the rights statement can be found at the page outlining the philosophy behind the Open Content Program.

The Getty is the “world’s largest cultural and philanthropic organization dedicated to the visual arts.”  Its collection contains objects from antiquity, drawings, manuscripts, paintings, photographs and objects representing sculpture and the decorative arts. The Getty Search Gateway provides the doorway to the collection.