Hear ye hear ye, AAMD takes a fair-use stand

The Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) has released (Jan. 2011) a statement of policy for member organizations  with regard to the use of thumbnail images of artworks in museum collections. This has been a hotly debated issue in the museum world – and though it has been a long time in coming, kudos to the AAMD for taking a stand on fair-use. This will certainly make it easier, especially for smaller museums without access to legal council, to negotiate with large rights organizations and reduce confusion about copyright.

download the policy here: AAMD Fair Use Guidelines – and can also be found online here: http://aamd.org/papers/documents/AAMDFairUseGuidelinesHLP1-10-11_2_.pdf

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