Being Fair And Balanced About the NPG

ORG have commented –

http://www.openrightsgroup.org/2009/07/national-portrait-gallery-vs-wikipedia/

Here’s a freedom of information request answer regarding the NPG’s online licencing, the revenue stream most directly threatened by Wikipedia –

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/income _from_online_rights

The always excellent NewsGrist (required reading for art & free culture) is covering the story, and Joy Garnett makes an interesting comment below her post here –

http://newsgrist.typepad.com/underbelly/2009/07/viahttpcommonswikimediaorgwikifileelizabethiincoronation_robesjpgvia-the-independentdrawing-up-battle-lines.html

And in the interest of balance, here’s a circular and question-begging apology for enclosure of the public domain and corporatisation of public institutions from the NPG –

“The Gallery is very concerned that potential loss of
licensing income from the high-resolution files threatens threatens its
ability to reinvest in its digitisation programme and so make further
images available.


“It is one of the Gallery’s primary purposes to make as much of the Collection available as possible for the public to view.”

http://www.metro.co.uk/news/article.html?National_Portrait_Gallery_sues_Wikipedia&in_article_id=702647&in_page_id=34

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