The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Art Museum has an incredible collection of over a million artworks from around the world spanning five thousand years of culture. With an online audience of three billion individuals spread all over the globe, the Metropolitan Art Museum is committed to increasing the use of digital technologies to reach those viewers. Therefore, in February 2017, they adopted an open access policy to grant free access to all images either in the public domain or to which the museum waives any copyright. Under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0), artists, scholars, students, and art lovers can now use, share, and remix, without restrictions, over 400,000 images of works of art from its permanent collection. In addition, the new open access policy launches partnerships between the museum and Creative Commons, Wikimedia, Artstor, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA,) Art Resource, and Pinterest. This policy change speaks about the museum’s commitment to share the works of art under its care to anyone who wants to study or simply enjoys them to promote ideas, creativity, and knowledge.

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