The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has made over 375,000 of its public domain images free and available for unrestricted use by the public. In addition, it is providing data on over 420,000 museum objects spanning more than 5,000 years. This means that anyone can use, re-use, and remix a work without restriction. This announcement will shape the future of public domain images online and underscores the Met’s leadership role as one of the most important open museum collections in the world.
“Sharing is fundamental to how we promote discovery, innovation, and collaboration in the digital age,” said Creative Commons Ryan Merkley. “Today, The Met has given the world a profound gift in service of its mission: the largest museum in the United States has eliminated the barriers that would otherwise prohibit access to its content, and invited the world to use, remix, and share their public domain collections widely and without restriction.”
Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Thomas P. Campbell concurs: “In making images of our public-domain artworks available to audiences under CC0, the Museum is adapting its practice to make our collection available in a way that best meets the needs of 21st-century, digital audiences. We are excited to share with the public new pathways to creativity, knowledge, and ideas as manifest in the greater utility of its collections spanning 5,000 years of art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art thanks Creative Commons, an international leader in collaboration, sharing, and copyright, for beings our partner in this effort.”
To access the Met’s collection of free images go to: http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-met/policies-and-documents/image-resources
New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art releases 375,000 digital works for remix and re-use online via CC, CC-BY Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.